“‘Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.’” John 16:32-33
Jesus never promised that life would be easy and perfect just because we are Christians. We are still humans, and we will struggle. He says many times that we are going to face persecutions, and we are going to suffer for the name of Christ. If we are willing and are going to follow Christ, then we are guaranteed a war with the world. Being friends with Christ means enmity with the world. Even though we are going to face trials, we can still rest in Christ’s peace and joy. Our courage and strength comes from Christ alone. In Christ we can endure anything the world could ever do to us because Jesus overcame death and sin by dying on a cross for us. We cannot be separated from God’s unending love for us. We can have joy amidst the worst trials and hardships. Jesus gives us that joy. Jesus is always bigger and stronger than any of our fears, and we can have courage and peace because of this. Trials will come, but Jesus will protect us. He will never let us suffer in vain. Trials and temptations that we face are all a part of God’s plan for us, and they will shape us more and more into the image of Christ. Fear of the world, therefore, has no place in us, and we stand with Christ in victory.
Sophomore Mikah Stutzman
- SCS Preschool and Elementary Students
- Praise Jesus for being “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
- Luke 10:38-42: Now as they went on their way, Jesusentered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”