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. – John 16:33 (NIV)
Our text today comes at the end of many warnings by Jesus concerning life in a world that stands opposed to Jesus as Lord. Those of us that follow Jesus are warned that the life of a true follower of Jesus will not be an easy one. In today’s culture there is an increasing intolerance of those who believe and follow the teachings of Jesus.
Since the COVID-19 virus has gripped Canada I have been asked several times if this virus is a punishment from God on humanity. A couple of those inquiries were sincere questions others however were an attempt at trying to create a discussion that would mock my belief in a loving, compassionate God. The COVID-19 virus will most clearly cause a change in how the world functions. I can only pray that the change in societal attitude toward a loving God and a humble, yet perfect Saviour will be for the good and not a detrimental one.
We have all been impacted by this virus. Some of us may be more concerned than others, some may even be worried about the virus infecting them. No matter what our concerns over this situation we need to remember how Jesus ended his dissertation on these warnings: Take heart. I have overcome the world.
The truth that Jesus has overcome the world should still be the truth that gives us peace within this chaos. As long as we live in this world there will be all kinds of trouble. The promise of Jesus is not to escape the trouble but in the midst of trouble to be at peace in Jesus. Living in Him is the key. Knowing and meditating on His word, communicating with him in prayer and trusting Him in all of our decisions.
Father, by the power of your Spirit give us eyes to see you in the midst of trouble and difficulty. Father help us to be focused on Jesus and not on the chaos around us. Thank you for your finished work on the cross. Give us the strength to live in the confidence of serving an all-powerful Saviour.