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Joni and Friends Daily Devotional: 
  It Came to Pass

But it came to pass within a while after...   Judges 15:1 (KJV)
 
When I was talking with an African sister in Christ in a small Ghanaian village, I was impressed with her quiet, humble spirit. She wore brightly colored tribal clothes with a turban-like headdress. Although I guessed she was young, her hands were weathered and lined. After she shared her testimony, I asked what her favorite Bible verse was. A knowing smile spread across her face and her eyes lit up. Without hesitation, she replied, "And it came to pass." I gave her a puzzled look. She added, "Everywhere you look in the Bible, there it is, my favorite verse." It was a familiar phrase from God's Word, but I had never heard anyone claim it as their favorite. I asked her to explain.
 
"Joni, it is a hard life we live in our country. The weather is harsh and our crops sometimes fail. It's at those times we don't know where the next meal is coming from. We have no money, nothing to offer our children. But we have God!" she said in a hearty voice. "And we know he will take care of us. We can look at the misery around us and know that God will see us through. Then we can smile and say, 'It came to pass.'"
                       
 
"And it came to pass" reminds me of I Peter 5:10-11, "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you." I don't face drought and failing crops, but I am in a wheelchair; it's why I appreciate the words, "After you have suffered for a little while." Our troubles are but momentary according to II Corinthians 4:17, and very soon hardships will be behind us. What hardship are you facing? Thank the Lord that you'll soon say, "It came to pass."
 
Lord, keep me from a complaining spirit. Give me the courage to trust you no matter what I lack in life.
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