‘Find enjoyment in… all the days which God gives.’ Ecclesiastes 5:18 AMP
Over one hundred times in Scripture we read, ‘It came to pass.’ That’s because most things in life aren’t permanent. Things change, but God doesn’t! Knowing that can help you to handle the bad times and stop you from clinging so tightly to the good ones. Here are three important truths to keep in mind: (1) Enjoy today. It’s a gift – that’s why it’s called ‘the present’! Solomon said, ‘To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life…is…a gift from God.’ (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NLT) Even though you are constantly moving toward another goal or objective, learn to live in the present. Don’t put your joy on hold, or let it slip away while you’re waiting for the next big event. (2) Learn to appreciate the little things. They’re all around you: the love of a good friend, a kind deed, a fresh insight, a good night’s sleep, the delight on your child’s face. When you appreciate what you have, it multiplies. When you’re grateful for the little things, God will give you more to appreciate (Matthew 25:23). (3) Each ending brings a new beginning. There are two myths you should never believe. The first is the ‘forever myth’, which says your situation will never improve. The second is the ‘never myth’, which says if things get any worse you’ll never be able to handle them. Both are distortions. God’s Word says everything comes ‘to pass’. And while you’re going through it, He promises to ‘strengthen…and help you.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) Yes, this ending will bring your new beginning. So keep trusting God.
SoulFood: Neh 5-7; Luke 21:25-38; Ps 78:32-39; Pro 23:29-35
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014