“This Too Shall Pass…”
April 25, 2020
“This too shall pass…” This is a Persian saying that has become widespread and translated into many different languages. It was made popular in the West through a poem that was written by the English poet Edward Fitzgerald during the 19th century, and then it was subsequently used by US President Abraham Lincoln at his inaugural speech.
Although this old adage has often been thought to be coming from the Bible, it is not. It signifies the temporal nature of the human being, particularly here on earth. It denotes the fleeting condition of mankind and the world in which we live.
This is especially significant during these times when the world is faced with a deadly pandemic, which even more displays how temporary human life can be. At any time, anyone can leave this earth and pass on to an eternal state that is far more important and lasting than living in this finite world. And at the beginning of this eternity, all of us face will have to face the One who is the infinite Creator of all things and who will be our final judge whether we will be living in never-ending glory with Him or in everlasting suffering without Him.
The good news is that we don’t have to suffer in perpetuity. Because Jesus the Son of God suffered and died in our stead, God has lovingly assured us that we can have everlasting life if we repent of our sins and receive Christ as the Lord and Savior of our lives.
Now this is a promise that shall NOT pass.
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