Daily Devotion – This Too Shall Pass
Drawn from my archives
The other day we got to talking about the crazy and unfortunate state of our world right now. All I could think of were those four little-yet-powerful words, “This too shall pass.”
I wasn’t sure where I had heard that phrase exactly–if it was a Bible verse, or simply just something we’re accustomed to saying. I wanted to know, so I started to dig.
It’s not a Bible verse, but I did discover that it was part of Abraham Lincoln’s speech at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1859.
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations,” he said. “They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”
Those words are still true today as this momentary affliction will soon pass away. Perhaps not as quickly as we hope it would pass, but we indeed will see good days ahead.
How do I know this? Because history has shown us that just as sure as the sun sets in the evening it’s born anew with each passing day.
These words also serve to remind us to cherish the good times we have. To enjoy each moment we’re given, praising God for His kindness and grace. To spend each day wisely as we…
Encourage more, nag less
Pray more, worry less
Listen more, fight less
Kiss more, complain less
Laugh more, stress less
Sing more, sigh less
Love more, never less
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Transcribe a sentence to be ever in view, to be true and appropriate in all situations. May that short yet powerful sentence simply say, “This too shall pass.” May it be a constant reminder that while better days are ahead, we must also cherish the sweet moments we have.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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