Thought for today
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33) Jesus warned his disciples that they would have tribulation in this world. He didn’t promise them, nor does he promise us, “flowery beds of ease.” To the contrary, he told them of tribulation in this world. In this world, the believer will experience the pressures of life. Nevertheless, the Lord is with us through all the pressures of life. Jesus mentioned three ways God is with us through the pressures of life. First of all, we may rest assured that the Father is with us as believers in Christ (John 16:32). Jesus says to every believer, “I am with you always,” (Matthew 28:20). Also, the Lord speaks to us through the pressures of life, that we may have peace. There is great comfort for the believer in Scripture. Third, Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.” In Christ we find our victory over every pressure in this world. “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith,” (1 John 5:4). Faith does not eliminate pressure, it sustains us through the pressures of life. It is faith in God and his Son, Jesus Christ. A Christian said to his pastor, “Why are all these bad things happening to me? What did I do wrong to cause all of this?” The pastor responded, “Bad things happen to most everyone sooner or later, and that includes us as Christians. The difference for us is that we have a heavenly Father who never leaves us. He is with us in the good times as well as the bad. We can trust him at all times. His peace will guard our minds and hearts through Christ.” We often want prayer that will dismiss all of the pressures of life. God has something better for us. He gives us faith and peace to overcome the world.
Lord God, thank You for Your faithfulness to me through all the pressures of life. I receive your faith and peace today to overcome the world through Jesus Christ my Lord., and it is in His name I pray,