IT CAME TO PASS                                                                                                                        Andy Hollifield 3-10-19

The phrase “it came to pass” is used 452 times in the bible. That is one of my favorite scriptures and one that I can quote, understand, and explain. No matter what it is, it didn’t come to stay but it came to pass. Trouble is only temporary but “his mercy endureth for ever” (43 times) and his “grace is sufficient for thee” (1 time).

I will be honest with you, sometimes we all wind up in those places that we just can’t seem to get out of. You know, “when it rains it pours,” “can’t win for losing,” and of course the old Hee Haw line, “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” Probably very few readers under forty will even get that last one. Have we not all been there at one time or another? Sometimes it seems like I’m not out of that place long enough for the weeds to grow back where I was wallowing in self-pity. I might as well call it like it is. It don’t matter if it is me or someone else. The fact is though if we are honest, the Hee Haw line is really just a catchy little tune and the other two lines I mentioned probably are better than 50/50 in our favor.

We tend to forget that the same rain that pours also makes stuff grow. I have got some friends I have talked to recently that are going through some stuff that it seems like will never end. We don’t like to admit it, but sometimes God puts us on his potter’s wheel to mold us and make us into a vessel fit for his use (Jeremiah 18:4). There are sometimes things that God needs us to learn that the only way we are able to learn and remember them is by going through a storm. But even when we find ourselves in that position, it still comes to pass.

As far as “can’t win for losing” goes, I have read about arguably the greatest slugger of all time in Major League Baseball, Babe Ruth. He is first on the all-time slugging list. He is also 3rd in Home Runs with 714. Sounds pretty good and it is. When you consider that he struck out 1330 times, it takes a little shine off of him doesn’t it. He also had 2214 RBI’s or runs batted in. He only scored himself 2174 times. That means he was driving others to score more than he did himself. It’s not always hitting it out of the park that makes the biggest difference, but sometimes it is the things that no one else pays much attention to.

When it comes to luck; we all say it but there really is no such thing. There is only divine order. We may call it being in the right place at the right time but who was it that puts us there? If we would ever give God the credit he deserves, we would have to admit that sometimes when it looks like things are going bad for us or not to our liking, God may just be keeping us out of worse trouble. When things just keep turning up roses so to speak, which don’t happen often, God is just trying to bless us.

I hope this is a help to someone. Whatever you are going through, like Job, it don’t mean you have done wrong. Sometimes God is just putting you on display. Other times he is creating a masterpiece when he has us on the wheel. Still other times, he may just be slowing us down so he can make himself real in our lives and we will take time to notice. Whatever your situation might be and no matter how hard it is; it didn’t come to stay but it came to pass. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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