“Find enjoyment in…all the days which God gives.”
Ecc 5:18 AMP
THINGS CHANGE, BUT GOD DOESN’T!
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” (v. 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 (See Mt 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” (Isa 41:10 NIV). Yes, this ending will bring your new beginning. So keep trusting God.
KEEP WALKING with Me along the path I have chosen for you. Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart. I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you. Together we will forge a pathway up to the high mountain. The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak. Someday you will dance light-footed on the high peaks; but for now, your walk is often plodding and heavy. All I require of you is to take strength and direction. Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend. Stay on the path I have selected for you. It is truly the path of life.
Psalm 37:23-24 Psalm 16:11