“In this world you will have trouble”, Jesus told His disciples before He left. This is what we experience every day. We are under all kinds of trouble. Trouble comes to you, to anyone, there is no exception, rich or poor, healthy or sick, Christian or non-Christian (Perhaps there are more troubles for those who hold on to their faith). For example, random violence: tragedy comes in an ordinary day when we go to school or go to work. Sickness is another trouble we cannot avoid, no matter how healthy you are, you cannot control the person who is next to you. Frustration from work: You may put in a lot of effort to work, to help people, to do ministry, but there may be no result, no good outcome. This happens a lot.
Jesus told us that this is the reality. However, “take heart, I have overcome the world!” In Him, we can also overcome. As Jesus told His disciple, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” He gives us peace so that we can continue to live and continue to serve Him. We can be positive and we can give thanks!
May the LORD strengthen our faith to trust in Him even more when trouble comes upon us.
November 17, 2017