These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Oswald Chambers writes of adversity: “The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered FROM all adversity. But it actually means being delivered IN adversity, which is something very different. . . If you are a child of God, you will certainly meet with adversities, but Jesus says you should not be surprised when they come.”
It’s not a question of ‘IF’ tough times will come; it’s a question of ‘WHEN.’ At some point, you will face a severe heartbreak, a problem you can’t solve, a broken relationship that won’t heal, the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or some other difficulty beyond your control.
Jesus wanted to be sure His disciples understood that they would face many trials. That was why He told them, “Take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NASB). Jesus has overcome the sorrows of this world. He has put an end to the power of sin, banished the sting of death, and exposed the empty threats of fear.
In His hands are the keys to eternal life, victory over every illness, and eternal hope for every problem you face. After His crucifixion, the disciples found this hard to imagine—that is, until they saw the risen Lord. Today, you serve a mighty God, One who loves you completely and fully. If there is a need for peace or wisdom, Jesus will provide it for you. He is your Sentinel of eternal victory!
You are my Sentinel of eternal victory, Jesus. Thank You for this assurance.