I’ve heard these words most all my life, maybe you have too, from well-meaning friends during difficult times. “It’s OK, things will get better soon, this too shall pass…” And while there’s nothing wrong with an encouraging word when one is struggling, some of us have believed that many popular phrases passed down through time are straight from the Bible. But it’s not always true. “This too shall pass,” is simply not there. Maybe some of you are searching now. But what we can find in all our searching through the Word are the many things God does tell us about our suffering and hard times. We all face them at one point or another in life, and many of us may even find ourselves there right now.
The great news is this: God never leaves us to fend for ourselves in difficult times. He promises to be with us in all that we face, and His whole heart encompasses our pain, surrounds us in peace, and gives us incredible hope and grace to keep pressing through.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This previously-written article has become a resource for many as we face growing fear and anxiety due to the Coronavirus pandemic. God is ALWAYS our source of protection, strength and peace during unknown times. In addition, the following articles may offer more encouragement for all to remember as we face the trials of COVID-19 together:
Origin of "This Too Shall Pass"
Here’s what the Bible says about what is lasting and where this common phrase may have originally come from:
“The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever,” 1 John 2:17.
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away,” Matthew 24:35.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
God is eternal, and His words stand firm forever. All of us, as believers, are promised eternal life with Him, we are redeemed, made new, the old is gone. And in the midst of our most trying and painful times, these are the truths that give us hope and strength for the days ahead.
7 things God says about our suffering, and the hope it gives us in hard times: