Things Gone Wrong Can Be Life
Scripture Reading: John 16:25-32
Key Verse: 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.”
Jesus said trouble would be part of our life on this earth. Why do we struggle to believe that trouble is normal for the Christ follower’s life? Why do we, as God’s children, try to assign a reason for every trouble that comes our way?
Life simply happens, according to Jesus. Some troubles come about just because we are born into this world. Nobody sinned, nobody is being disciplined, and no one is being tested. Trouble just happens.
The good news: God is always willing to “step into” our troubles, helping us and making good come out of trouble. But if we are going to “think right when things go wrong,” we must realize that sometimes the biblical answer is that things gone wrong can be just part of life!
Do not ask: Will I have trouble caused by life itself? Rather, ask: How am I handling trouble?
Jesus warned us of this reason for troubles so that we could walk through them in peace. Externally, our lives may be in turmoil. With Jesus in us, peace can blanket our internal life. The world will look on us in amazement that we could be so peaceful during the storms of life. If that happens, it will be because we work hard at our trust and confidence in God’s support system.
We must fight the temptations of fear or discouragement, which are common temptations when we are going through tough times. If you memorize Romans 8:28 and Philippians 4:6-7, these promises of God will defeat the fear or discouragement when things go wrong. Keep trusting!
Father, help me examine my heart for evidence of Your peace today! Please fill me with peace and joy. In Jesus’s Name, amen.