Verse of the day.
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.
If there is one thing that is promised in life albeit negative, it is Tribulation. Our verse for today doesn’t sugarcoat it; tribulation is certain. However, we have the promise that Christ has overcome the world, so, we are victorious.
Interestingly, while Jesus was physically present with His disciples, He shielded them from a lot of responsibilities (John 16: 4,12) but when He was to depart from them, He started to reveal the intricacies of life to them so that they’d be equipped for the tribulations coming their way in His absence.
But does He leave you alone?
No! Jesus has sent us the Holy Spirit who is our Ally and Friend, ever present if we desire to enjoy Him. (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who is ready to show us things to come, tribulations inclusive. Even better, He comforts us by showing and constantly reminding us of the peace, rest and victory we have in Christ.
Read Also: The Value And End Of Pain
There is no easy tribulation; even Jesus when He was nailed to the cross asked why His father had forsaken Him (Matthew 27:46). We all know that the Father would never leave the Son. But, if He didn’t experience that pain, how could we enjoy this bliss? The value of pain is that we appreciate the absence of it more. We know that God is with us through all and won’t forsake us. The pain you are going through right now in this storm isn’t alien to God. Jesus came in the form of man so that He could feel the things you and I feel. He also taught us to endure temporary pain because there’s a greater joy that comes after (Hebrews 12:2).
The Good News?
During and after tribulations, we find joy. Jesus likens this experience to a pregnant woman in labour (John 16:21). She goes through the pain but the end result is laughter.
Jesus is with us in the boat when the storms of life rage. He is always there to still them (Matthew 8:26). Jesus has won these battles for you and I, so, be of good cheer and rest in the peace of God.
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Jesus, in You, I have won, and with You, I will win. I believe Your word – this place of trials, tribulations, and pain is just a necessary phase in my walk with you. During and after it, I find joy.
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