“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.”
-John 16:33 NIV
Money trouble, relationship trouble, health trouble, car trouble. That list could get out of control. Jesus takes a very matter of fact approach to earthly troubles. He says, “Yup, you’re gonna have troubles in this world, but take heart! I’ve overcome the world.” In what way? Does that mean we won’t have trouble anymore? No. Jesus acknowledges the fact that as long as we live in this world, we will have trouble. His point is that in the midst of our troubles, we take heart, which means to have courage, to be comforted, and be of good cheer. We live in the midst of troubles that have no bearing on our true happiness. Our sins are forgiven, our eternity is secure, we’re just waiting for perfection to be delivered to us. Faith in Jesus enables us to cheerfully overlook many of the things that would trouble us in this life. We may have to deal with them on occasion, but they don’t need to trouble us. Our eternal happiness is guaranteed in Jesus. Cling to Him, press on, and take heart. Our present troubles aren’t worth comparing with the glory we’ll enjoy in heaven.