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Our theme for this month: “Steadfast and immovable”
Our Bible verse for today: “And it came to pass …” Luke 2:1 (NKJV)
Our thought today: “In time, all things come to pass”
“And it came to pass …” is one of the most oft repeated phrases in the Bible. In the New King James Version, it appears 120 times and is applied to many different people and in many different situations. In Luke 2:1 it was used in reference to the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. The Jews had waited patiently for over 1000 years and finally, in those days, it came to pass …
In time, all things come to pass. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, months turn into years, and over time, all things come to pass. Are you anxious and impatient because your political party isn’t currently in power? Me too. But time will pass, new elections will be held, and power will change hands. It always does. Are you going through a difficult season in your personal life and you’re eager for some relief and resolution? I can relate. In time, that too will pass. Nothing lasts forever. In time, circumstances will change and life will be different. That’s not meant to diminish or minimize the importance or severity of current events, it’s only meant to illustrate that nothing lasts forever.
When it comes to being steadfast and immovable – especially when times are hard or things aren’t as we would like them to be, the most important thing we can do is to just keep on keeping on. Hang in there, don’t give up, and just outlast the thing. Also, if you are a resilient and determined person, the kind of person who simply will not give up or give in, that will be evident not just with respect to difficult times, but it will be a character trait that is evident in all aspects of your life. And that’s a good thing.
As a Pastor, I see and value this in our church life. There are people who have stuck with the church for decades, through thick and thin, hanging in there no matter what. They’re people who are consistently present, always ready to help, reliable and dependable, rock solid, steadfast and immovable. They’re a large part of the reason our church is now into its ninth decade of faithful witness and service in our community.
Likewise, I interact with tough and durable people all the time who have difficult life situations but who refuse to give up or to give in. Marriage problems, health problems, wayward children, the list goes on. Christians who are steadfast and immovable work through such things knowing that time will pass and things will change.
If you’re dealing with a situation that just seems to be dragging on and on, and you wonder if it is ever going to change, I encourage you to grab a Bible concordance (or even Google the phrase “Bible verses that say, “and it came to pass …”) and note all the instances when something did indeed come to pass. Soon you’ll realize that eventually all things pass, and therefore your situation will as well.
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