An old fellow down home was asked, “ What is your favorite verse of scripture?” After some thought he said, “I reckon it’s, ‘And it came to pass’. With all the trouble I’ve had recently, I’m sure glad it didn’t say, ‘And it came to stay.” Have you ever felt that way? At times, I have. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and wonder if we can make it. Let me share a few encouraging thoughts for those times. They are based in Scripture. (All the scriptures are from the New King James Version.)
- Psalm 30:5, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
- Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
- Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
The Apostle Paul tells believers in Corinth of the trouble and pressure he had experienced in Asia (2 Corinthians 1:8-10). It was almost more than he could bear. He concluded that it is when we are under great stress that we come to know the Lord’s strength. He further concluded in His letter to the Romans (5:3-5) that tribulation works patience in us, and patience brings experience and hope. Through it all, we need to learn to trust Jesus. With our blessing, we must let Him use the things He knows that are the best to purify and fit us for heaven.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”
~ Brother Roy