“And It Came To Pass”
By David J. Stewart
Psalms 30:5, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
The Bible mentions the phrase “AND IT CAME TO PASS” 336 times in the Old Testament and 60 times in the New Testament, for a total of 396 times. We find the shorter phrase “IT CAME TO PASS” 387 times in the Old Testament and 65 times in the New Testament, for a total of 452 times. The phrase “IT SHALL COME TO PASS” is used 116 times in the Old Testament and 4 times in the New Testament, for a total of 120 times. Repeatedly the Bible tells us that whatever the situation, whether coming or going... “AND IT CAME TO PASS” or “IT SHALL COME TO PASS”!
Everything eventually passes away in life. No matter how bad your situation may seem, it shall come to pass. 1st John 2:17, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” There were over a billion handsome, healthy and beautiful people alive 150 years ago and every single one of them are dead today. All of them, dead! THEIR LIFE CAME TO PASS!
If you like the way things are, don't get used to it, because things change; and if you don't like the way things are, don't despair, because things always change over time. Time changes everything! It sure does! If you were to tell me 20 years ago that my life would be as it is today, I wouldn't have believed you. I would have laughed at you and said you're crazy! My, oh my, how things change drastically over time! Isn't it great to know that GOD NEVER CHANGES!!! Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
While the wicked world continually waxing worse with each new technological discovery, it is precious and comforting to know that the inspired Words of God in the Bible NEVER CHANGE! Psalms 119:89, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” Matthew 5:18, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” John 10:35, “...the scripture cannot be broken...” Isn't it wonderful to know that we as born-again Christians are on the winning side by faith in Christ Jesus! This earthly life is only temporal. It will come to pass. Life will be over before we even know it, looking back and wondering where the years went so fast.
I don't know about you my friend, but that compels me to obey God and cling to the lamp of God's Word in this dreary world of sin, shame and suffering. 'Tis one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.
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