John 16:33-“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
Jesus was in the upper room at the last supper with His disciples when He said to them "in this world you will have trouble, but peace can be found in Him in the midst of it."
With Jesus pending, arrest, mock trials, beatings and eventual crucifixion, the disciples faith would be tested and weakened over the events that would soon be taking place with Jesus in the next few days after His last supper with them. But, even being weak or even failing in their faith, they can still find victory in Jesus.
Jesus gives His disciples peace and hope in Him before the storm arises. He give us hope too. Hopes of peace in the midst of whatever it is we may have to go through or even going through right now.
Jesus did say we will have tribulation, but He also says "in me you may have peace. It is up to us to find peace in Him.
Jesus says "be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. That word “overcome” indicates victory. Victory after suffering and victory after death.
As humans, we have a tendency to want to know the if's, why's, and how's in circumstances in life, especially those ones in which we suffer and feel great pain, but God is calling us to trust Him.
Proverbs 3;5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
God calls us to trust Him even in those times of uncertainty when they present themselves to us for He alone, being God, knows that the plans He has for us are good and as painful as they are, they are indeed working for our good even when they do not look good nor feel good.
The world and those in it who do not know Christ may find it hard to find peace, but as a believer in Jesus Christ we can go boldly to His throne of grace and mercy and find the help we need in our times of trouble.
Our time here on earth and our suffering here on earth are both temporary. 2 Corinthians 4:18-while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The world offers temporary peace that will soon vanish away. True peace can only be found in Jesus.
Earth is not our home, it is a path way to our eternal destination.
Jesus offers you "PEACE" in the storm of your life on today. Will you take Him at His Word?
Peace and courage is the call of the day from Jesus to you and I.