22 Feb Even the Darkest Day is Temporary
Read 2 Corinthians 4 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Today’s troubles have an expiration date.
Eighteen months before he was sworn in as US President, Abraham Lincoln told the story of an ancient king. Gathering his best and brightest, this king asked them to come up with a phrase that would be relevant in all situations. After much deliberation, they came up with the following: “And this, too, shall pass away.” No matter the successes or troubles we face today, we know that all things on earth have an end date. The greatest eras of leadership ultimately come to an end. The most trying circumstances will eventually fade away.
Writing to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul compared Christians to fragile clay pots filled with priceless treasure. None of us will live forever on this earth, but this means that even the darkest times we go through today have an endpoint: “We don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” Even the darkest day is temporary. While everything on earth ultimately passes away, our faith in Christ is eternal.
At the times we ourselves struggling with anxious thoughts in the midst of dark times, let’s take time to pause and pray. Rather than rushing into ill-advised solutions, we can take a breath and slow down. Instead of focusing on temporary things like problems or prestige, let’s focus on Jesus. He invites us to trust not in our own ability to manage stress or difficult situations, but to trust in Him for everything we need. Unlike the things of earth, His ways are eternal!
Pastors Stan and David