“…It Shall Come To Pass…”
I once read about a pastor who oversaw a small rural church. He liked giving people the chance to testify to God’s goodness in their lives, each time he preached. One Sunday morning, he urged each testifier to begin his or her testimony with an appropriate Bible passage.
The first person got up and quoted Philippians 4:19: “and my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He then narrated how God supplied all his needs during the week, such that he was able to feed his family and pay his children’s school fees with ease, even though he had no hope of doing so earlier.
After that, another person got up and quoted Galatians 6:9: “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for, in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” He told the congregation how someone he helped reluctantly in the past returned to give him a decent amount of money, which he used to settle his child’s medical bill.
Next, the third person got up and cited Psalms 107:20: “he sent his words, and he healed them and delivered them from their destructions.” She went on to narrate how God delivered her from a long-standing illness. Before then, she went to several places for help, all to no avail, until she encountered a man of God who prayed for her and got healed subsequently.
Several other people gave their testimonies one after the other that day, and the church was thoroughly blessed. Finally, an elderly man got up, and his quotation was straightforward: “it shall come to pass.”
The Bible quotation above is very common, and his testimony was that he had many problems before, which he tried to solve all by himself without success. He was ill, his children were badly-behaved and always in conflict with the police. Besides, his wife’s business, their only means of livelihood, had collapsed, and they were neck-deep in debt.
One day, he tried to commit suicide, but he abandoned the idea because of its problems. Eventually, he fasted and prayed to God to deliver him. Then, after a while, help started to come from various quarters, and his problems got sorted out one by one. That is, they came to pass! He ended his testimony by urging everyone in the congregation to take their troubles to God for resolution, and they will come to pass.
Friends, what is it that makes your life so difficult these days and would not allow you to rest? Is it an illness, a lack, joblessness, a failed business, an academic or professional stagnation, a divorce, an addiction, a debt, a legal tussle, etc.? Whatever it is, I challenge you right now, as the older man did, to take it to God for resolution. It Shall Come to Pass (Matthew 11:28), sooner or later, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)Medical
Practitioner, Author, and Speaker