Read: John 16:17-33
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. (v. 33 NIV)
My family enjoys watching the reality TV show Gold Rush. This program follows crews of miners as they hunt for gold, mostly in Alaska. In each episode, the miners face a myriad of problems, including equipment failures, personnel conflicts, dirty drinking water, or unpredictable weather. Somehow, each week these people manage to overcome and discover the gold they are so desperately after.
Problems are not just for reality TV. We all face them. Even Jesus himself faced problems when he walked the earth. He dealt with the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the traitor Judas, and a horrific crucifixion. Just days before his upcoming arrest, trial, and death he prepared his disciples for the problems they would face. While Jesus guaranteed they would face trouble, he also gave them hope that he would overcome the world. Jesus saw past the events leading up to Good Friday and looked forward to the resurrection.
When my family watches Gold Rush, we joke, “Wonder what will go wrong this week?” In real life, troubles will come because we live in a fallen world. No matter what heartache we face—a disability, loneliness, or being persecuted for our beliefs, we can take heart because Christ has won the victory. Thanks to that knowledge, we can have peace. —Steve Laman
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when problems come into our lives, help us remember we can trust you to bring us peace.