We are a people who live moment to moment, not age to age. We are a people who speak as though the temporary is permanent, not as those who have eternity in our hearts. When something hurts right now, that is all we see, feel, hear. It is part of being human, but the Bible and most of its authors spoke to encourage people in momentary challenges and wanted them to know this too shall pass. Yes it is painful right now, yes it looks dark right now, yes you can feel the first fruits of shaking right now, but this is momentary, this is not eternal.
Job 20:4-5 says, “Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?” Selah!
When we can step out of our current feelings, situations and circumstances, lift up our eyes to the past victories God has won for His people, Biblically and earthly, and when we can see that we have a future and a hope, we realize, this current reality is going to pass too. My husband taught me early on in our marriage, that what I was making a big thing, was actually a small thing. Now 15 years later, I consider most things a small thing, not because they are insignificant or they don’t sting, but because in light of history with God and future destiny with God this moment, these gas prices, this shaking is only a small thing.
One area of growth we as believers need to grow in is realizing the moment is not forever. I tell people, the reason I don’t have tattoos is because I did not want to make a permanent decision in a temporary moment. If we can navigate the moment, we will find the storm did not last, the shaking subsided, the economy changed for the better and God who is sovereign sees it all and was there walking us though it, so we become stronger. Fear not my friends, this, whatever this is for you, is a small thing and it too shall pass.