These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
This is your warning. I don’t want you to be taken by surprise. What is my warning? What don’t you want to take me by surprise? You will go through tribulations in life. No kidding. That will come as no surprise to me. Why is that? I have gone through so many tribulations in life already. Sometimes, it seems like, if I’m not in or just leaving some form of tribulation I’m about to enter a new one. Yes, this life is full of tribulations. This is a sin filled and sin broken world that you live in. I went through tribulations. You will go through tribulations. I was not exempt from tribulations, neither will you be exempt from tribulations. You can count on them coming your way. Thanks for the warning. I have much more than a warning to give you. What else do you want to give me? I want to give you hope. I want to give you encouragement. I want you to be filled with good cheer.
How can I be filled with hope, encouragement and good cheer as I go through tribulations? I overcame the world. You will overcome the world. In every tribulation, you can rely on me. In every tribulation, you can hold on to me. In every tribulation, you can look to me for help. I will be your strength. I will be with you to help you. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. Tribulations will cause you to rely on me. Tribulations will deepen your relationship with me. Tribulations will focus all your attention on the hope you have in me, both now and forever. Tribulations will remind you that this world is not your home. Tribulations will cause you to remember that you have a future forever in heaven with me. Will you rely on me in every tribulation? Will you look to me for all the help you will need as you go through tribulations? Will you keep your heart and mind and life focused on me as you go through tribulations? Will you consider all the hope you have in me? Will you take courage? Will you be bold and unafraid of whatever tribulation may come your way, because you know that I am with you to help you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I am not a fan of going through tribulations. Thank you for being with me through every tribulation. You have been my peace. You have been my hope. You have been my joy. My future is secure with you. You have held on to me as I have held on to you. Amen
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