“Keep your gaze on eternity and your glance on everyday circumstances” —Mary Sutherland http://www.girlfriendsingod.com
I have loved John 16:33 for a very long time because it has brought me solace in turmoil and nourished my soul with an eternal perspective! “..In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!” I love how You validate my journey on this earth and call it like it is…trouble! But it is true! This journey is not easy and has lots of bumps and hurdles along the way. In fact I can recall a time in my life when I thought I was literally going to drown as I was caught in the raging ocean of life and I would gasp for a breath while begging You for a red sea miracle. And this verse set the stage for me to trust You — it was not just a sad proclamation that “in this world I will have trouble,” but I saw that You not only recognized that but You also had already done something about it! You sent your only Son to “redeem me with His own blood” (Rev 5:9). Then three days later He rose from the grave – the Overcomer of all overcomers — conquering death! That is enough to send me singing through life that You would do that just for me….. but that is not all You did — there is more!
Just this last year, I noticed that I had committed to memory and was quoting only the last half of this verse! Jesus was talking to his disciples and was letting them in on Your plan and in the beginning of John 16:33 He says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace…” It caught my eye because I have been especially interested in “peace” this last year. This verse is very clear that peace is there for the taking — I “may have peace“, and as I studied to understand, I noticed the source of this peace was “in him“. So when I put the verse all together I found a glorious comparison — “in Him” and “in this world,” and making the comparison paints an amazing guide for life.
The brass fact is established that “in this world I will have trouble” but thank you God that You have provided for me so that “in Christ I may have peace!”
So glance at the world, but gaze on Christ! How are you doing?