I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.
John 16: 33
Jesus tells things as they are. He had just informed the group of followers who were closest to Him that there would be hard times coming very soon and that during those times, they would fail miserably at being strong, steady, and faithful to Him. Still, during these hardest moments of His life on earth, Jesus would not be alone, for God, the Father, would never leave Him. Likewise, God never leaves us.
Living in this world has its tough moments, its harsh hours, and its tragic days. Episodes come to us all where simply living can be a challenge that seems almost impossible. Yet nothing that we are required to endure comes close to the stress, pain, and feeling of abandonment that Christ endured on the cross for each of us. I am absolutely amazed at the fact that Jesus took on so much for me, for you, and for everyone; yet, all the while He knew just how ungrateful and unfaithful we would be. God wants to be close to each of us so much that He would endure anything to make that a possibility.
As I go about the business of this day and as I adopt the attitudes that will shape may approach to what comes my way, I am praying that Christ’s Spirit will keep me remindful of the overwhelming victory that is mine through Him. This world in which I now reside is broken and crumbling from the destructive forces of sin, but those ruined halls are no longer my true dwelling place, for Christ has placed me in the center of His victorious kingdom. I am praying that trust in God’s victory and that faithfulness to His calling will allow Christ to direct my mind and fix my heart on Him alone. Therefore, I desire to claim this day and all of my interactions during it for the glory of God.