John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. (Amplified)
“God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways I cannot see. He will make a way for me.” These are the words of a wonderful song that speak to the heart of the issue for us. We are surrounded by tribulation, trials, distress and frustration – just like Jesus said. But in the midst of it all, we have reason for good cheer. Jesus has overcome the world.
The ‘world’ would have us believe that our only reality is to be dominated by anxiety and fear. Since so much of the negative stuff going on is beyond our control, we are tempted to succumb to the world’s view that we are – or about to be – victims. The question, “What if…?” becomes a dominant theme in our thinking. The anxiety and fear provide a fertile ground for anger and resentment that will have a profound negative impact in our lives and relationships. We struggle with feeling trapped with no way out. If life was a Monopoly game, we feel like we’re stuck in Jail.
Fortunately, Jesus has “Get out of Jail” cards for us! We don’t have to remain mired in the world’s emotional/mental responses to tribulation, trials, distress and frustration. Better still, the Lord let’s us know that it’s not just having those negative feeling go away, He enables us to have good cheer in the midst of it all.
We, as Jesus followers, are equipped to walk through everything with courage and confidence! We are not victims! Think of the ‘refreshing breeze’ we can be to those around us. Think of being asked, “How can you be so calm and cheerful with all this junk going on?” No matter what happens to us – the courage, confidence and joy are to be constant. We are not victims. Jesus has overcome the world and we are in Him.
Here is a link to the wonderful song by Don Moen: