“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
As the Lord concluded His final words to His disciples before leaving for Heaven, He spoke of trouble to come. However, He told them where they could find peace no matter what they would face ahead.
Christ’s disciples would endure persecution and all but one of them would suffer martyrdom. My prayer is that those I know and love, nor I, will ever experience prison, torture, beatings or death because of our faith. Even so, living in a world that is growing increasingly hostile toward Christians, I suppose these are real possibilities.
What Jesus told His disciples applies easily to those of us living today. We will all have to deal with trouble in this world on some level.
So, where do we find peace in spite of any affiliation that might come upon us? Well, Jesus said that we find peace in Him.
Therefore, it is important that we nurture our relationship with Christ by denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Him.
We can do this through prayer, spending time studying God’s Word and worship.
We can also draw closer to Him by living like Him—loving God with all our heart soul mind and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.
If you are feeling overwhelmed while living in these days of trouble, allow Jesus to provide you with the peace you need. Just as He calmed the raging sea with a strong command (Mark 4:35-41), Jesus can speak peace to your situation. Rest in Him!
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Isaiah 26:2; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.