“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
The Bible doesn’t sugar-coat it. It does not give us a utopic existence – on the contrary – there will be darkness, days when we find ourselves experiencing “weaknesses, hardships, persecutions, and calamities” 2 Corinthians 12:10.
The peace comes because God is an endless source of strength. There is no greater power than God. He has overcome all that we may face in this life; therefore, He will work through our trials to turn them for good – Romans 8:28. That means whatever we face, whatever we endure, whatever comes our way – God is the answer.
That’s tough to grasp when the darkness seems so overwhelming, and we wonder how peace could possibly be found within the confines of what we are living through.
Have you ever tried to go to sleep only to be awaken with all the anxieties and fears – what if my son makes the wrong decision? What if I can’t pay the bills? What if I lose my job? What if they foreclose on the home? What if I do not get well? What if…what if…what if…? We’ve all done it. I think Satan and his evil minions wait until we are nestled in our beds to start interjecting doubts in our head, “Did God really say He could…?”
Faith sees a God who can handle anything that worries us. It is only when we listen to His Word through scripture and prayer, can we tuck those rambling fears under the covers and know we serve a God Who tells us things which bring us the necessary peace to trust Him with anything that comes our way.
To experience God’s peace, we must learn to cast our cares on Him. There is a trust in Him we develop through scriptures which replaces our fear and anxiety with blessed assurance that He will handle our problems.
He has overcome whatever the world is throwing at you today. Trust in Him. Rely upon Him. Place your fears and worry upon Him. Then, you will experience, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:7.