An Eastern monarch asked his wise men to invent a phrase that would apply to all times and in all situations. After careful deliberation, they offered this statement: "And this too shall pass away." When Abraham Lincoln heard the story, he mused: "How much it expresses. How chastening in the hour of pride; how consoling in the depths of affliction.

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When you’re going through tough times, don’t be overly discouraged because “This too shall pass away.” And when you’re going through times of prosperity, don’t be cocky and proud because “This too shall pass away.” Events are seldom as catastrophic or fortunate as we think. This truth can produce a welcomed state of emotional equilibrium. 

Another Eastern monarch, David - king of Israel, once said, “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” He starts the phrase with a conjunction - “but.” It really doesn’t matter what comes before that phrase, it will always be true that God is in an exalted state and that His will cannot be thwarted. This, too, can produce a welcomed state of emotional equilibrium.

What are you currently fretting about? What are you dreading? What are you confused about? Take a moment to reflect on the grandness of God and His love for you. Know that this time will pass and that God’s will is unassailable. 

Written by Don McMinn, Ph.D. — September 04, 2014

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