John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
As we arise each morning we do of course begin a brand new day. Some of us will wake up, jump out of bed and be raring to go. While others will get off to a slow start. I find myself to be in the latter category on most days.
We will perhaps turn on the news as we prepare to go out into the world. No doubt that for each of us we are going to face different things and different situations which may cause us to call upon an inner strength to get us through.
As I read John 16:33 for my morning devotion, I found myself going in two different directions. One direction was to pause, mediate and reflect on what Jesus’ words were to his disciples. This was a time of impending transition not just for our Lord and savior but as well for his disciples.
I can only imagine what his disciples were experiencing or thinking. Here were his disciples, being told by Jesus that the time had come whereby he was leaving. This had to be an incredibly difficult thing to hear. For the disciples, being in the presence of the master was everything to them. To now hear that Jesus was preparing to leave and would no longer be with them surely left them with fear and doubt in their minds. What would they do, how would they even survive?
What then would the disciples do? How could they even go on? In their hearts and their minds turmoil must have been swirling about like the winds of a violent storm. But what stands out as much as anything else is that promise that in Jesus, they would find peace. Yes as the disciples were now to go forth in the world, they would find turmoil, and they would indeed find tribulation. They would find themselves in many situations where all would appear lost, but they were reminded to be of good cheer, because Jesus has overcome the world.
The second direction that this scripture lead me in is the fact that one of the most rewarding aspects of the word of God is that realization that his word is eternal. The impact and importance of what was written and said thousands of years ago, remains true today. I am inclined to say that the words of Jesus are even more important today.
Each of us no matter what our station is in life, are going to face challenges. We are going to have tribulations. There will be times when truly the storms of life will rage, and we will be tossed to and fro. But even in the midst of the storms, during those times of tribulations when it would seem that for us, just as it was for the disciples that all is lost, the word of God brings back to our hearts and mind that in Jesus we will find peace.
This world that we live in is in a state of turmoil. Just watching the news daily is a constant reminder that we are in constant battle with each other and those around us. It seems that we are not willing to seek out where our real peace will come from.
I would submit to you that we are in a time where yes, the world is looking for peace. But in the eyes of God himself, he surely would remind us that the peace so many seek after isn’t spelled PEACE, but is spelled PIECE.
PIECE that some in the world have declared is all about acquire or conquer. PIECE that seduces some to believe that it will satisfy them and provide them with what they are looking for.
But to those are a part of the body of Christ, we have come to know that the peace that is like the river that attendeth our way is found in Jesus. A peace that the world can’t give us, and a peace that the world can’t take away from us.
There will be tribulation, this we know. There will be times when it seems that we are overwhelmed with the essence of what these days and times present to us. But we are called to remember, even as God calls to our remembrance that Jesus has overcame the world.
As he has overcome the world, then we as the sons and daughters of the Lord of Lord and King of Kings, we then as well are overcomers. For nothing of this world, nor anything in this world will cause us to be in a state of defeat. When life’s storms tosses us to and fro, peace still we have. During the times of uncertainty as to what the next day may bring, we know who holds tomorrow in the palm of hands.
This cheer that we have, perhaps many will not understand, and in fact may cause them to view us as somewhat strange. Many may in fact question us as to what or how we may have a sense of cheer. But we know with that great sense of a blessed assurance that no matter what we face, or come what will, we indeed are overcomers.
To God be the Glory
Alan T. Black