"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Early in my Christian walk of faith I believed that once I surrendered to Christ, my life would somehow be free of troubles. We all know that to be very far from the truth. Jesus said clearly that we will face troubles in life but do not fear, He has overcome the world. What does that mean to the faithful? Don't expect the narrow path to be smooth and free of painful experiences. That really doesn't sound very inviting does it? Here is what makes God's plan for us so perfect. We would never be able to truly enjoy the happiness of life if we never knew the sorrows.
Our journey in life forges us into the perfect image of God. He knows that with trials, we will experience the sweetest times of life to the fullest. It is difficult to imagine this while we are in the middle of a difficult time, but stay strong! Our hearts and souls are spoken for by Jesus! He will be with us every step of our journey.
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
It is faith that will sustain us times of need. Look past the immediate stress of a negative situation and be confident that God is using the moment to make us more courageous, wise, and strong Christians. Rejoice the next time we face trials because we are assured that Jesus has overcome all earthly troubles. It is His power at work in us! Rejoice and live in righteous confidence!
Alone one person's determination can accomplish great things, but when the faithful unite in true oneness of body, mind, and soul for the express purpose of serving God and His children, we can achieve the unimaginable!