The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
It Came to Pass
Everything that happens ‘comes to pass.’ Nothing happens by ‘happenstance’. God either ordained it, or permitted it. God is above all of it, and very much in control. Whatever God says will happen—it will happen. Every day comes our way from the loving hands of God, and every day passes. Once a day is gone, it cannot be recalled.
God said the Jewish people would go into captivity—and they did, but that moment passed. God said they would stay in Babylon for 70 years—and they did, but those years passed. God said a king would rise up by the name of Cyrus, and that he would send the Jewish people back to Jerusalem—and he did, and that period passed. God said they would rebuild the Temple—and they did, and those days passed. It came to pass that God sent Ezra to teach the Bible to the Jews returned from Captivity. Now, it is coming to pass that God will send Nehemiah to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls. Looking back from the 21st century, we can see that a whole lot has come, and just as much has passed.
So with you and me. We spent 9 months in our mother’s womb, but that time has passed. We were infants, depending entirely on others to feed and care for us, but that time has passed. We learned to crawl, then to walk, then to begin school—those times came, and those times passed. Each one of us can stand on top of the hill of our life, and look back over the years, and see so many things that have come, and so much that has passed. At my age, I can see a long path behind me. So much has come to pass!
Today will soon join those days that are already behind me. This day came, this day will pass. ‘Only one life, it will soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.’