And it came to pass

Thursday, April 19, 2012

When I was a young boy I often heard my father say his favorite verse in the Bible was, "And it came to pass". How often I witnessed him use this phrase to encourage people when they faced difficult situations. "Whatever we face", he would say, "Will pass". It will become a part of our history. We will overcome and get through it; It will come to pass.
That is what our Lord told the suffering saints at Smyrna. To these believers, who had already faced severe persecution, Jesus said, " will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10).
Trouble does not last forever. Suffering does not have the last word. Difficulty does not have endless access to you. There is a set limit to the trouble you are encountering. While the term 'ten days' seems mysterious to us, as to it's full or original meaning; it's comforting to know that suffering will end.
"God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:13).
Do you see the principle? "It Will Come To Pass". The way through this trial has already been made. Be faith-full. Don't give up and never give in. The glory will far surpass this present suffering!
"For our light affliction, which is but a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor. 4:17).