“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Jesus said this to his disciples as he was trying to prepare them for a world without his physical presence. He knew that he was about to be arrested and all of the events that would follow. To get more context on where this verse is coming from, you should read John 14 -17.
Even though these words were spoken directly to the disciples, it is appropriate that they remembered them and captured them for others to hear because we still need to hear them and remember them today.
Our world is full of trouble. It seems like there is more of it everyday. Everywhere I turn, someone is experiencing pain, loss, trouble, devastation, illness, and the list goes on. When I run into trouble in my life, it can be discouraging. I feel like I get some momentum and then something comes at me to set me back. Then I get angry, frustrated, and discouraged. I sometimes even feel hopeless. Like what can I do?
Note that Jesus said “YOU WILL have trouble.” He didn’t say maybe or you might. It is definite that you will have trouble in this world. No one is excluded from this trouble.
In these times we need to remember God is on our side. I don’t know why I forget so easily. I blame myself for things and try to fix the problem and I guess I just figure God is too busy to deal with my crap. If I follow this path, I will end up feeling nothing but shame and hopelessness.
Today I want to encourage you to remember that Jesus has already overcome the world. The world has no power over you with him on your side. When you face trouble in your life, big or small, knowing this truth will help.
Take heart! He has overcome the world.