Traveling Through Trouble?
“In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”
The experiences of life affirm the words of Jesus spoken over two thousand years ago. Prosperity, possessions nor popularity can exempt any of us from the troubles of life. God’s Word says that “man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1). How utterly depressing it would be if Jesus’ statement would have only been “In this world you will have trouble”. Jesus went on to say...”but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” In this one verse Jesus speaks of both trouble and triumph. Our focus will govern our faith and our faith will determine our future. The question is, what are we focusing on...the trouble or the triumph?
Focus on God’s Presence. One of the last things Jesus said before He left here was, “I am with you always even to the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20). Focusing on God’s Presence provides us immediate access to divine and infallible guidance. Proverbs 3:6 assures is that when we focus on God in every situation, God will direct our paths. Those who lead, not only deal with their own troubles of life but, minister to others when they are going through adversity. When churches go through difficult times, the pastor leads them to the other side of trouble. When Israel was surrounded by enemies, their leader focused on and sought God and God gave instruction that resulted in a miraculous victory. Regardless of the situation, focus will determine future.
Stand on God’s Word. The Word of God is not merely a source for sermons and songs... it is God’s journal for our journey. For every problem there is promise for us to stand on. God’s Word provides courage for our conflict and direction for our dilemma. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that God’s Word is profitable. The opinions and views of people will come and go but, God’s Word endures forever (I Peter 1:25). That’s why we must not base the choices of life on the vacillating views of a Christ-less culture. In the midst of trouble and trial we can stand solidly on the Word of God.
Choose Determination Over Departure. First of all, there are times when departure is a result of God’s directive. The same God that calls “to” something also calls “from” that which He called us to. Short of that, we press through whatever we are going through. Hebrews 10:36 says, You have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God you would inherit the promise. In Luke Chapter 5, Simon Peter had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus instructed him to launch out into the deep. Sometimes we need to launch out instead of giving up. Whether it’s a job, a project, or a ministry - patience and persistence pays.
In conclusion notice what Jesus said: “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world!” In other words don’t be a propagator of pessimism. Don’t pout....SHOUT! Jesus has overcome all things AND HE RESIDES IN US!