You won’t find the familiar quotation, “This too shall pass,” in the Bible, not in those words, anyway, but the meaning is woven throughout Scriptures. It is an important truth to cling to in times of turmoil and despair.
Our good Creator God, who cannot lie, has promised us eternal life (Titus 1:2, John 3:15). We know that our physical bodies wear out and die, but the promise is for our spirits and immortal souls. The Scriptures tell us that all that is material is temporary and will pass away.
Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.1 Corinthians 7:30-31 (NLT)
When we are frightened or suffering it is hard to dismiss what is happening in our all too real material world and take hold of the promise of eternal life. We may believe with all our hearts in the promises of God, but find ourselves overwhelmed by those things we can see and feel.
How are we to make our unseen, never completely understood eternal life strong enough to resist the challenges to our faith and courage?
As in many of the struggles of our spiritual life, the answer is to do all you can to learn about the reality of God by diving deeply into His Word.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;1 Peter 1:13
Like a visit to the dentist, most of us can endure difficulties when we know they are only temporary. We get through the discomfort by casting our minds ahead to the time when the current experience is over and looking forward to the benefits we may see then.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:12