It is natural for each of us to want every day to be a good day. It is natural to want health, harmony, and happiness. Life does have many good days; however, there are also some days that aren’t so good. Christians get sick. Christians struggle. Christians suffer. Yes, it’s true that Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” But that’s not the end of the story. He went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In other words of you’re a believer, even though we will face difficult times before we get to heaven, we should be encouraged by the fact that our union with Christ will enable us to overcome whatever comes our way. The Lord has given us the privilege of prayer, and the power of His promises, along with a host of other resources, to help us face our troubles with hope in our hearts. Let’s make the most of these heavenly resources, so that we may be a beacon a hope to others, and become all God created us to be!
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and tribulations. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
What things had Jesus told His disciples? He had told them about the dark times that were ahead. He had told them about His crucifixion and going away. He had told them that there would times when they might feel abandoned by Him. He had told them about their own suffering. He had told them about the hard times in life. But He had also told them that He would always be with them. He had told them about how the Holy Spirit would live within each of them to comfort and to guide. He had told them that He be preparing a special place in heaven, just for them. He had told them that He would one day come again and take them from this difficult world. He had told them that He had a special plan for how He would use them to bring glory to the Father. He had told them that even though life might sometimes look bleak, there is always hope. He had told them that their suffering was only for a season and that in the end they would share with Him in His victory.
Jesus did not hide from them the fact that they would suffer. He warned them about the realities of life. But He also promised them peace in the midst of pain. “You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace.” The peace Christ promised them would not come because there would be no problems. The peace Christ promised them would come because they had confidence that He was in control.
Perhaps you are currently going through a difficult time in your life. Perhaps it seems as though all peace has been taken out of your life. I will not be so foolish as to tell you to forget your problems. But I will encourage you to not forget the promises of Christ and to daily draw your strength from Him. Jesus has told us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and that His grace will always be sufficient for our every need.