Reflection: For further reference please see John 14:27
John 16:33 isn’t a verse that you usually find printed on journals or fridge magnets or photo frames. It’s not a verse we really want to hear or remember. But as Christians, we must learn to trust no matter what because God doesn’t promise that our lives will be easy. The Bible doesn’t promise that bad things won’t happen – in fact it says that they will.
Because we WILL have trouble, trust is an ongoing imperative. Because we WILL have trouble, we must find our peace in him.
Jesus wasn’t making a purely academic statement. He was no stranger to trouble and trouble was no stranger to him! But in the midst of trouble Jesus was at peace. Perhaps you remember the story of Jesus and his disciples being caught in a storm while they were out on the lake in a fishing boat? The storm was fierce, and the disciples were terrified, but Jesus wasn’t. He was so relaxed about the situation that he was actually asleep! Of course, even greater trouble was to come…
Jesus wasn’t making light of the trouble we experience – far from it. He was acknowledging the difficulties and trials of this world and he cared so much about this that he chose to enter our world and suffer alongside us. In doing this, he offers us his hope and his peace not in spite of, but in the very midst of all we experience.
Question: Are you experiencing trouble? Does it help you to know that Jesus experienced trouble too? What would help you to know his hope and peace?
Prayer: I’m tired and weary, Lord, and troubled and distressed by the events of this world. It feels like a raging storm and I’m frightened. As I call out to you for help, be with me I pray. Amen.