Joyful Despite Tribulations

John 16:33   (KJV)   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.

John 16.33 - Joyful Despite TribulationsJesus’ Words are to give us peace, no matter how scary the truth may sound. In Jesus can we find very interesting and comforting paradoxes. We have tribulations, but we have joy. This is not a self-assuring yet dangerous denial of trials and persecutions; they’re based on our Lord’s promises and accomplishments.

Praise God for revealing important truths to us. He doesn’t always divulge everything, but He doesn’t deprive us of truths we need. He’s a loving God Who wants us to have everything necessary for a full and meaningful life.

We’ve had experiences when others have pointed out how little we have and yet we’re filled with joy. We don’t take that as an insult. What can compare to such a life? Others try to accumulate as much wealth and resources as they can. But it’s not really the gold, fame, and number of people around us that matter the most; it’s what they’re supposed to bring to us: security, worth, significance, value, love, joy, peace, and so much more.

We have them—without the tiring pursuit for more stuff.

Great life.

Thank You Lord.

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More than Conquerors

 

John 16.33 - More than Conquerors - 1John 16:33   (KJV)   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.

There are trials and temptations; there are troubles and hardships; there are problems and challenges. As believers, we’re tremendously blessed. This is despite all the extreme difficulties we face. True, we’re not exempt from suffering. God’s Word clearly declares that those of us who live godly lives will suffer. We’re sent out as sheep among wolves. This isn’t a pretty picture—in the natural.

There are kinds of suffering shared by all. There are kinds of sufferings unique to unbelievers, and there are sufferings unique to believers. Believers suffer just for being believers. But life in the Lord is the most awesome life there is. We have peace, we have joy. And whatever battle, hardship, or challenge we face, we win—not because we’re strong and wise; it’s because God is. He has overcome the world and there’s nothing the world can do to us that we can’t beat.

God is Truth. He doesn’t want us to live in a false utopia. Yes, paradise is real; it will come. Evil, sin, and every bad experience will completely disappear. Until that time, God shows us the reality of our sin-plagued world. But the beauty about it is: while we wait for the literal visible Kingdom of God to come, His Kingdom already resides in us as His children. We have access to the Kingdom resources and authority. We are overcomers. Truth is: we’re more than conquerors. That’s why we have peace like a river, joy like a fountain and love like an ocean. That’s why in the middle of overwhelming tribulation, we live a wonderful life of loving God and loving everyone, even those who treat us as their enemies.