“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33 (ESV)
The trials of this world are heavy. Each and every single one of us will face the struggles of this life. The weight of the challenges will be different, but we all will face something that will test our endurance and move us to our knees.
The question is, how can we truly face the storm in our life and maintain a healthy sense of peace?
In John 16:33 we find Christ comforting His disciples with words of peace. However, the words He was sharing were to let them know that He would be gone from them, yet they needed to press on.
These twelve, actually eleven men after Judas, would have to figure out what to do with their lives after their rabbi would leave them. How would they continue? The world would be against them. The trials would be heavy. Especially when they fulfilled His call to go and spread His message to all nations.
They would need something to persevere.
The words of Christ, “But take heart; I have overcome the world” is what they needed to hear.
Perhaps this what you need to hear today? The pain of the world is real. The struggles of life will come and they will hit hard. In fact, they might tear you down emotionally and physically.
“But take heart; (Christ has) overcome the world”!
Your trial might be difficult. You might not see an end in sight. Doctors might not have an answer. Family and friends might be missing. Your relationship might be falling apart. Your finances might be poor.
“But take heart…”
God might restore your health, but He may not in order for you to rest in His presence and depend on His relief. It’s hard to acknowledge that God may not heal, but He will still bring peace. He has overcome all the tribulations of this world!
He might renew your marriage, but He may not. Your financial issues might be repaired, but it may take time. Your personal decisions to follow your own way have consequences.
We might have to experience pain from our sin in order to experience a deeper appreciation for His grace and mercy.
No matter what, in your life trial, you can still rest in His peace. Our pain is a product of the fall, but His peace is a product of His love and reconciliation with creation.
Today, may you find peace in Jesus. May you look upon His face in adoration of His grace and glory. May you look upon your trial as a part of life, “But take heart…” for He has overcome!
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: Why is it hard to rest in the peace of Christ during the hard times of life?