2 Kings 8:5
“And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.”
The story from the verse above is about a lady who listened to Elisha’s command to leave Israel because of seven years of famine. When the years of famine were over, she returned to Israel and petitioned the king to repossess her land. It just so happened that when she entered the palace to petition the king, that Gehazi, the former servant of Elisha, was telling the king about the widow woman’s story. It was at this moment that the king was told that she was the woman that allowed her land to be given back to her.
The key to this story are the first five words in the verse above, “And it came to pass…” The problem that this lady faced didn’t come to stay, but it “came to pass.” In other words, her problems were only temporary. Though her problems were very real, they were only temporarily a problem because they came to pass.
Christian, whatever your problem is that you face today, let me remind you that they are come to pass. There is no doubt that when hardship, trials, and heartaches come, they are hard to bear; but, we must always remember that every trial we face is temporary. Just like trials in the past have come and gone, your trials that you face today will come to pass. You mustn’t think that they will absorb your days from here on out because they have come to pass.
Moreover, those hardships that are come to pass will pass in God’s timing. It took seven years for this lady to see the famine end, but it ended. Likewise, your trials will end in God’s time. You always have to remember that God’s timing in impeccable. It was not a mistake or coincidence that Elisha’s servant was talking to the king about this woman when she entered the palace to petition the return of her land. Likewise, God has already planned how He is going to make your hardships pass. You need not worry if God is going to come through because He already has the plan for the passing of your trials. You are going to have to trust the Word of God that He never leaves you in your trials, and that this too will come to pass.
Furthermore, you must continue to obey God until your trials come to pass. This lady probably didn’t understand why Elisha told her to leave, but she obeyed and God honored her obedience by making her trials pass. God always honors obedience, and if you will trust Him in your time of heartache, He will allow your trials to pass. Until your trials pass, keep obeying God’s Word. Until your trials pass, don’t quit. Until your trials pass, keep holding onto the promise that these too will come to pass.
My friend, what is it that you are facing today that seems so large that you cannot bear it? Let me assure, by the promises of God’s Word, that you can bear it and that it is not too large for you to bear. Hold onto the hope that like past hardships have come to pass, whatever you are facing today will also come to pass. If the trial has come your way, it will also pass by you. Always remember that when something is come to pass, it is a temporary hardship. All you must do is wait till the passing comes, and confide in the LORD to receive the strength you need until it passes.