Two Sides Of The Comma

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When children read the Bible out loud, I admire how most of them pay attention to punctuation marks. They have been taught the importance of punctuation in school and they do not want to break any rules. Plus, the sentence makes more sense when you pay attention to the punctuation marks. Let’s look at examples, please read them correctly:

2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

John 16:22 “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”

Psalm 30:5 ‘…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.’

The statements are in two parts, separated by a comma. In all of them, the second parts of the statements are to cause us not to worry, to know that there is a way out and to remain hopeful.  As painful and harsh as the first parts are, we should never stop there, we should never focus on them. We go through the turmoil and storms of life, but that’s just part of the story, it’s only a part of the sentence.

Imagine waking up and thinking about how hard pressed you are on every side, how perplexed you are, how you have been persecuted and struck down. Going about in the day thinking about the sorrow surrounding you, how people are slaying you, how you have been weeping the entire night. Well, it will crush you more when you only focus on that side of the comma, it will worry you and torment you more. It may be exactly what you are going through, the reality of your life, but the sentence is not complete. An incomplete sentence does not make sense.

Now imagine waking up declaring that you will not be crushed, you shall not despair because you are not abandoned and not destroyed: That no matter what, you will hope in the Lord and defend your ways to His face; that joy comes in the morning. Wow, I can already feel my heart filling with hope. It does not matter how bad the situation is, the other side of the comma reminds us that God is able and faithful, it reminds us that it is not over, that God has a plan and He will bring every promise into a reality.

Today, choose the side of the comma that you will focus on. Remember whatever you focus on will be magnified. Do not dwell and focus on the problems, they are just a part of a sentence, they won’t make sense until you complete the sentence and be reminded that God is supreme and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever think of imagine.

Selah

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