From Pastor’s Desk: 11-19-17
John 16:33 “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.”
To embrace this verse is to trust that God has everything under His control, and with the issues that are going on in the world today, that is vitally essential to our peace of mind and spiritual welfare.
We get a glimpse in John 14:2 of how explicitly we can trust God in Jesus’ words “…if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” So we know, based upon Scripture, that the person who accepts Christ Jesus as Savior has the promise of eternal abode in heaven. If God didn’t think we could make it in this world, which we in but not of, He certainly would not prepare a place for us.
But that’s heaven. What about now? That’s the whole point of John 16:33. John 15:19 signals that Christians are not going to be loved in this world, but hated. Trouble? Well, of course! Hate brings trouble. But Jesus says that peace is available to us even in the midst of all the trouble. They weren’t empty words He spoke when He said, “I am come that they have life, and they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
I don’t know if I can speak for everyone, but as for me, I cannot experience life abundantly if I don’t have peace. Notice that John 16:33 says, “…you MAY have peace.” It is not a given! We must claim it! We must choose to live in it! The world system will not, and cannot, supply it. The devil will certainly do all he can to see that we don’t have it.
But we who trust in Christ Jesus (the Prince of Peace, by the way) can have peace through it all!