June 8

A good friend of mine a number of years ago, gave me some words of wisdom that have stayed with me for a very long time. I was facing a difficult situation, and my friend Bruce leaned over to me and said very quietly, “Remember … this too shall pass.” What he was telling me was that difficulties come and go … success comes and goes … poverty comes and goes … riches come and go … fame comes and goes … I think you get the idea. People who criticize you will come, but thankfully they also will go at some point.

It is a sobering thought when you think about how much energy and time we give to worrying about the temporary things that we get involved with here on this earth. It is very convicting to think about how little time and concern we give to our relationship with our eternal God. The psalmist wrote, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” (Psalm 102:25-27).

We serve the eternal God Who knew no beginning – who will know no ending! He is the same, from before the creation of the world into eternity future! This is my God today! This is the God I call my Heavenly Father … Abba … the great I Am … my Shepherd! I have the opportunity for an intimate relationship with this great God. Just as Moses witnessed the power of God when he saw the Red Sea parted, and water come from rocks, and manna appear each day to sustain the nation of Israel; I have a relationship with this omnipotent God!

My mind runs back to my earlier thought … if I have access to this kind of resource in my Heavenly Father, why do I spend even one minute worrying and fretting about the challenges I am facing. These challenges will pass, but God is the same, and His years will have no end! There is no challenge I will face today, or for that matter, all throughout eternity that God cannot handle. Today I want to choose to look at the immensity of my God in comparison to the challenges that are in front of me, and like David, I want to see my giants as puny, powerless ants. While my body, and everything I own is deteriorating, I am thankful to remind myself, and you of that last verse for today … Thou [God] art the same, and Thy years shall have no end. We have an incredible, eternal God. Trust Him for whatever it is you are facing today. He can handle it!