This Too Shall Pass

The musical piece, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Yolanda Adams conveys a powerful message, and that is, “Trouble won’t last forever.” It does not matter what you are confronted with, it will one day pass; and until such time, God will equip you to bear it. This brings to mind the common saying, “If He brings you to it, He will carry you through it” As pointed out last week, “All who would live godly will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). 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 that will glorify His name.

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 God. By that I mean deliberately carving out time for reading of 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 doings or some failure on his part has brought on his suffering.

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 a parent has been praying for years- but apparently no change- what does one do? Not to mention those who have been for years seeking a companion, 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 last week’s conclusion by Walt Allmand, “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your beliefs,” for as my caption says, “This too shall pass.”