John 16:33 (NKJV)
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
How wonderful would it be if we were promised a perfect life once we accept Jesus? What if as soon as we came to the Lord, we no longer faced challenges? What if we would never face another trial once we have made a confession of faith? What if once we were Christian there would be no more pain and suffering? Unfortunately, we are promised the exact opposite. He does not tell us there may be trouble, He tells us that we will have tribulation.
How Do We Face Tribulation
James 1:19-21 explains how it is we should face the tribulation we have been promised… (19) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (20) because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (21) Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Quick to listen… We must be very quick to listen to the Lord during various trials. Seek His Word, listen for His voice.
Slow to speak… If we are quick to listen we should be slow to speak. Listen for the Lord, being slow to speak.
Slow to become angry… Wrath cannot produce righteousness, therefore should be avoided.
If we are slow to wrath, it should lead us to be slow to speak, which will force us to be quick to listen to the Lord, seeking His guidance through a trial. James 1:5 telling us that if we are to seek His wisdom during a trial, He will be faithful to provide it in abundance.
Our Hope Is In Him!
Jesus promises that He has overcome the world, and our hope is in Him. Romans reminds us in chapter 10 … (9) If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved… If we declare with our mouth that He was resurrected from the dead, we will be saved through faith. That is certainly something to be cheerful about!
Unfortunately, we are not promised a perfect life here on earth, but through Him, our eternal home will be much different. Let us push through the trials of this life with our eyes focused on the eternal promise.
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
13 For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.