John 16:33 – 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.”
Many people believe that if you are a Christian, you should be without any sorrow. And if something bad happens to you or your family, people would be gossiping that there is some curse in your family or that God is punishing you. God never punishes, He only disciplines our lives. Both bad and good things happen in our life for a reason. God is good all the time.
But He has always said that there will be trouble in this world. He also assures us that He has overcome. Then why are we still in a sunken feeling whenever something bad happens to us.
In our troubles we fail to remember John 17:33, which clearly tells us it is overcome.
It means that we need not concentrate on the problem. From personal experience and from seeing others too, whenever we are faced with problems, we start praying or worshiping God but we end up crying. Of course, it’s much better to cry to God than to cry to humans.
But that should not be how we approach our problem. I understood recently on how to pray correctly. How we need to be conscious of His presence, enter into His awesome presence and start concentrating on God rather than on the problem.
Hebrews 13:6 – Praise God.
When faced with problems, we need to remember our Lord Jesus Christ who lived as a human and faced issues that we are all facing now.
Jesus was born in a manger and not in a comfortable room like us. Yes he faced poverty.
Jesus faced non acceptance from his own people/hometown. Yes he faced seclusion.
Jesus wept as he heard the news of his loved one. John 11:35. Yes he faced mourning.
Jesus was not rich to travel in different kinds of transport. Yes he was poor.
Finally Jesus faced the worst of human tragedies. He was scorned, beaten , paraded like a sinner and crucified for no sin of His. Yes he faced immense pain in death.
Yet in none of this, Jesus grumbles or questions god. He was just a human like you and me.
Believing that the troubles we face today are just temporary and that it has already been overcome , leads us to a wonderful and a different relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Author: Hepsibah Rachel (NLFA Baroda)