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.