“This, too, my friends, will pass.” This statement is, obviously, not original with me and everyone has used it some way, somewhere. In moments of sorrow, joy and in celebration, “this, too, shall pass.” Life will continue with or without us because life on this planet is not determined by human understanding nor ingenuity. Life has been determined by Creator God for in HIm all things exist, do they not?
Paul was in Athens preaching and Luke recorded what he said,
“Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it—He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. 25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. 26 From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. 27 He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Being God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. 30 “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:23-30 HCSB.
In verse 28, the Apostle stated this, “For in Him we live and move and exist…” Absolutely nothing around us is determined by man’s genius or lack of it. Oh, we do make decisions about ‘this, that or the other,’ but primarily God ‘has this.’ Everything we say, do and think is predicated upon His sovereignty. This does not mean that he has already determined every single activity for us, but the manner in which everything turns out is determined for His glory. This story is about Him and not about us.
In 1964 Ralph Carmicheal wrote a song entitled, “He’s Everything to Me” which sort of says what I would like to say…
“In the stars His handiwork I see,
On the wind He speaks with majesty,
Though He ruleth over land and sea,
What is that to me?
I will celebrate Nativity,
For it has a place in history,
Sure, He came to set His people free,
What is that to me?
Till by faith I met Him face to face,
and I felt the wonder of His grace,
Then I knew that He was more than just a
God who didn’t care,
That lived a way out there and
Now He walks beside me day by day,
Ever watching o’er me lest I stray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He’s Everything to me.”
Have a blessed day, everyone, for Jesus is Lord!!