When we lose our job, our marriage ends, the doctor brings us news that we have cancer. It often is here that we question that trust in God. We cry out in our pain and sorrow and ask aloud if God is there: does He still love us; how could He allow such a thing to happen to us?
First and foremost, we must remember that God indeed loves us, and that He desires the best for His children. I also am reminded that even though God desires the best for us, that does not mean that life as a Christian always will be an easy one. That brings to my mind the words of Jesus in John 16:33: “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.”
This is an imperfect world we live in. It is a world of sin and heartache. In this world we are going to face sorrow, shame, disappointment and, yes, even death. But at the cross Jesus gave us hope.
At the cross Jesus defeated sin, Satan and even toppled death itself.
So, while being a Christian does not promise us a life of ease, nor a pass from pain. With Christ as the lamp guiding our path, we are given a means by which to see our way through life’s present troubles.
Jesus’ declaration, “But take heart! I have overcome the world,” should be words that cause the Christian heart to leap with joy. For there is no trouble, no sorrow, no pain so great that the light of Christ cannot steer us through.
Such words are intended to do more than just pacify the Christian heart. Rather, these words of Jesus are meant to bring real and lasting hope.
For all of us, no matter who we are or how secure we may believe our lives to be, all of us face uncertainties, all of us face unexpected hardships, all of us face situations in this mortal life that can throw our lives into chaos.
The understanding that Jesus Himself has overcome this world means that Jesus Himself has gone before us, that He has endured all that we have faced in this life and more — and has vanquished every heartache, every trial and indeed every sin at the cross.
We can thus take heart that no matter what we face in this unpredictable mortal world, we can trust that Christ will never leave our side.
That while others may disappoint and even reject us, Jesus will pick up the pieces of our broken life and fill the void that others have left.
And most of all it means that at the cross His blood shed for our sins. He has paid a debt we never can hope to repay. Jesus has graciously offered to us more in the life to come than we ever can dare to dream to hold in this mortal life.
Jesus’ words soothe our spirit and gently remind us that this fallen world filled with broken promises is not our home; we are but transients in this land.
Therefore, as we sojourn through this mortal world, we are to embrace every up and down, we are to endure its pain and its sorrows for we are reminded by Christ Himself that all of it, both joys and sorrows, are but temporary.
What we endure, we endure for only a moment, a season and that is all.
We are to put our absolute trust in Christ, that greater days are ahead. We have a promise from Christ Himself that at this journey’s end, all wrongs will be made right, sin will be no more, every tear shall be wiped away, and we at last shall rest in Him.
So no matter what you are facing today, trust that Jesus our Lord walks beside you at every step, and that He Himself, who knows you so intimately, knows your every need in this life and in the one to come.
So, indeed, take heart! For Jesus HAS overcome this world.
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When we venture to our house of religious worship every Sunday, we are able to access Holy Water and use it as we see fit. But, when we leave and walk out of those doors, we are cast back into the real world with no Holy Water, daily support, or access to our church family.
As we all know, the world can be a dark and tempting place, which is why prayer and connection are so important to our well-being.
But, it doesn’t mean we can’t access the pristine tools that have been granted to us through God. One of those resources is none other than Holy Water.
Earlier this year, my arms completely gave out as I was getting ready.
I couldn’t even get dressed by myself. I was exhausted, and it wasn’t even nine in the morning. I suffer from post-polio syndrome, and I’m never sure when some new pain is a daily setback or the new normal. I didn’t want to go on like this. What was this day going to hold?