It’s obvious this world is full of troubles for everybody. We cannot escape meeting up with challenges, problems, and out-and-out temptations. Just before Jesus was about to suffer and die for our sins, He had a long talk with His followers and told them what they should expect out of life after He would be taken away from them. In John 16:33, Jesus says,
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
We often wonder why we have to have so awfully much trouble all the time. When we stop and think about it, we see how the Lord God Almighty is pure and holy in all His ways. God’s word says that we are to grow to be like Him. Seeing how sinful we are now, it’s obvious that it will take a lot of doing to even begin to lead us into a more godly life style. Psalm 119:71 says,
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
All these tribulations help to mold us into seeing and understanding the awesome goodness of living God’s way. Being aware of this, we can entrust our souls to the Lord and just let Him keep on teaching and leading us.
We also need to think about just “who” we were serving when we lived according to the ways of this world. We were serving Satan, who is now totally upset at seeing us turn to the Lord. We should not imagine that the devil will leave us alone after we’ve rejected him. After all, we are told in 1 Peter 5:8,
Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
To add to that, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15,
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.
We can see from this that the world is not our “friend”, even though it pretends to be. We can be mighty sure that throughout our whole stay on earth, we surely will meet up with all sorts of tribulations that will try us to the utmost. We might even feel that they will break us.
Even as we consider all of this, we dare not forget to admit what is in our own hearts. We were all born in sin. Sin lives in us. Jeremiah 17:9 laments,
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
So, we can’t just blame the devil and the world for our tribulations. Our own hearts reveal more than enough wickedness to be concerned about. It’s like we are trapped in sin and tribulations. That is why Jesus told His followers, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.” Our Lord knows the battles we are facing and He greatly desires that we constantly abide in Him and His ways, so that we will have peace.
When Jesus lives in our hearts by faith and we abide in His word, He will give us a continuous stream of strength and peace to overcome everything we need to face in this world. In faith, we turn to Jesus for all our needs, because He has “overcome the world”. The one and only way we can overcome this world is to draw near to our Savior in faith, hope, and love.
As we walk with our Lord through this world, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for leading us in the peace of Your righteousness and faithful love. And, thank You for promising to never leave us.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.