Trials and Tribulations

In this world you will have trouble… Jesus

This quote is taken from 16th chapter of John and contains the very words of Christ. He tells us that we will have trouble. The Greek word that is translated trouble in this passage is “Thlipsis” and it literally means pressure. So, when Jesus says that we will have trouble in this world, He is telling us that we will have pressure.

Truer words were never spoken!

Do you ever feel that the pressure of life is just too much? Maybe it’s something big like the death of someone close to you, or the suffering of a loved one, or big financial problems - or maybe it’s just the combination of a lot of little things that, when added one on top of another, just make you want to scream.

It’s times like this that we need to read the rest of the verse, for Jesus does not just leave us hanging with the certainty that there will be pressure in this world. In fact, He goes on very quickly to tell us to take heart, because He has overcome the world.

Think of the enormity of that statement: Jesus has overcome the world! This means that regardless of the multitude of pressures that this world throws our way, we are covered. As if that were not enough, He begins His statement with, “In me you may have peace.”

When sandwiched between “peace in Jesus” and “take heart“, the pressure just doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore. In fact, this is the key to dealing with the pressures of the world. If you and I will focus on the calm and peace that are available in Christ, and understand that these worldly pressures cannot overwhelm those who are with the One who has overcome the world, then the pressures cannot harm us.

So, which will you choose - pressure or peace? The correct choice will prove to be the difference between the trials and tribulations of the world, and good life that God has called us to in Christ Jesus or Lord. Choose wisely!

"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