This Too Shall Pass

I would imagine that many of you have heard the musical piece, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Yolanda Adams. Whether you have or have not heard it does not negate the fact that a most powerful message is conveyed. It is a message that “Trouble will not last forever.”
Yes, it is a message that says trials and challenges will not continue forever. Isn’t that message one that Christians need to remind themselves of as the Apostle Paul reminds, “All who would live godly will suffer persecution?” Unfortunately, when we are going through difficult times, it is possible to forget and focus on persons or experiences related as opposed to seeing that God may be using such to refine or prepare us for something great. One simply needs to recall the story of Joseph, son of Jacob, who in doing the right things seemed to experience nothing but frustration, disappointment and setbacks.

Seeing God in the Crucibles

If one sees or senses the presence of God in his trying circumstances, he/she is able to endure and manifest a tenacious hold upon God as in the examples of Joseph, Job and Daniel. I read with interest the expression, “The Lord was with Joseph” (Gen. 39:2, 21). So seeing oneself under God’s control in the light of present trials enables one to endure and manifest a remarkable sense of patience and trust. Job remarked, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

Understanding the Will of God
Knowing the will of God for one’s life comes through a daily walk with Him. By that I mean deliberately carving out time for reading God’s Word and time for prayer. Through these avenues, we see and understand how God works. Through these simple approaches, the Holy Spirit is able to connect with the soul of man, creating awareness and a sensitivity to that which is spiritual. Failure to grasp this may lead one to conclude that he is suffering for God’s sake when, in fact, his own doing, or some failure on his part, has brought on his suffering. A previous Adventist Sabbath School Lesson on the Fruit of the Spirit, especially the lesson on patience, would prove beneficial.

Making the Application

Here is where “the rubber meets the road.” Looking at one’s joblessness, turbulent relationship, whether in marriage, or toward a church or job colleague; or the unresponsiveness of a wayward child for whom you have been praying for years- but apparently no change- what does one do? Not to mention those who have been for years seeking a companion, but continue to get older and have to endure the subtle taunting of friends: “When are you going to get married?” These are but few of the trials people of God face; however, the words of the Apostle Paul may prove encouraging. Paul counsels, “but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans 5:3, 4). And if more encouragement is needed, I share the words of my caption again, “This too shall pass.”