I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV
Have you ever wondered why you have had to go through the difficulties, pains and tragedies you have or are going through? Ever fought temptation, discontentment, and struggled to remain focused on God?
Yeh, me too.
For over 20 years I cried out to God countless times before I even knew if He was there, if He was real, or if He cared about me. I struggled to believe that there could be a God who could let me go through the agony and torment I grew up in. Now I can look back and see what He was doing all along.
Jesus says "in me you may have peace." He also tells us throughout scripture to not fear, that He is with us, that He loves us - not only did He say it, He showed it in sacrificing Himself for all our sake's. He knew the world was a sinful broken place full of sinful broken people, just like you and me, just like those who have hurt you, even. He went to the cross and died for all of us anyway. He overcame the world, He took on the penalty - He defeated sin.
We are sinful people, and we are called into the family of an Almighty God who loves us so much He gave His only Son to die on the cross so that we may accept Him in faith and be reconciled to our Heavenly Father. He did this so that even though we live in this dark, broken, messed up world we may be saved through Him and have peace with God that may guide us through this darkness. The tribulations, difficulties, pain, and suffering doesn't end when we enter into our relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, BUT we are made new in Him, lifted up by His strength, filled up with His love, and given an incredible mission and purpose to serve Him with the time, resources, and circumstances we are given in this life.
All we have is a gift from God and should be used in service for His great commission, out of love and gratitude to Him who redeemed us through the blood of His Son. Today, choose to be content with whatever you are facing. Choose to rest in the peace that only the Lord can provide. Choose to see all that you have (or don't have) as a blessed gift. Choose to turn a grateful heart to Heaven and focus your attention and devotion on Him and away from the unsatisfying things of this world that will soon pass away. Give your heart to the One who is eternal, who is love, who is all powerful - who is the One True God of all creation who has overcome the world through His great sacrifice for our sakes.
Choose the peace offered to you in Christ.