October 27, 2020
Tribulation is Certain
John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Many days in this world are downright frustrating. I am having one of those days this day. Every which way I turn, frustration is waiting just around the corner. Jesus Christ knew pain, persecution, and trials would happen to every person, and including you and me. We should never be surprised when (not if) life gets complicated, but instead should turn our attention to the goodness and grace of God.
However, as situations below point out, the real problem often lies in my decision making, my viewpoint, my expectations, in other words, the problem lies with me, myself, and I. Frustration and lack of peace always stem from an issue at work inside me. Trouble never concerns any lack in the goodness and grace of God.
Yes, indeed, you know that God is good all the time, despite the work of sin in the circumstances surrounding me in this wicked world.
Take a moment to consider these various troubling situations:
If a person builds a house on a cliff, mudslides can likely occur at some later point.
If we have an oceanfront heartstopping view from inside our vacation home, hurricane season might produce damaging storms at some point to come in the future.
If we build a house in the middle of often dry arid land, a dangerous wildfire may take our home out in a fury of flames someday soon down the road.
If we spend our money with reckless abandon, there may be a day coming where we will run out of funds for the necessities of life and find ourselves facing a pile of bills and find ourselves living in the poor house.
None the less, a child of God can find many things to celebrate and be encouraged, even when facing danger and desperate times or living in adverse circumstances.
A person can always expect inevitable consequences. Just because a person recognizes God and chooses to serve Him does not isolate him or her from facing the effects of a sin-filled world. Indeed, God tells us here in this verse to expect ordeal and hardships as we live for a time in this world. However, with God, we can make sound decisions and lean on Him when troubles abound.
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