I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me. You will find trouble in the world—but, never lose heart, I have conquered the world!” (JBP)
There are only two types of Christians. Those who struggle and admit it, and those who struggle and don’t admit it.
Sometimes we come across followers of Jesus who give the impression that all is well with them. Their aged parents eventually die peacefully. Their children flourish and do mighty works for God and others. Money is no problem, careers prosper, and marriages are truly made in heaven.
And of course there are some whose lives seem to run smoother than others. But in the end we all have to take heed of Jesus’ promise that we will have trouble in this world. This does not make us fearful or miserable because he also promises his peace and empowerment. However, that doesn’t get us out of trouble: it just means we have help in the midst of it.
Never believe the too good to be true testimonies that indicate constant serenity and ceaseless success. To doubt such testimonies does not make us cynics: it makes us realists who recognise the ups and downs of normal Christian discipleship.
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Those who are always worried about trouble need to remember Jesus promises peace. Those who reckon life is a first class armchair ride to heaven need to remember Jesus also promises trouble.