The promise of trouble or trials or tribulation in this world is the promise no one wants to claim, but it is comforting to have Jesus Himself acknowledge trouble as "normal" for life in this world. It makes me realize that the difficulties we face are not some sort of punishment or sign of God's displeasure in me, but rather just the state of being for this broken world that is our temporary home. Jesus tells us that we can still have peace, HIS peace despite the tumult around us. And praise be to God, that's not the end of the story! Not at all...for Jesus has overcome this world already. So through Him, we as His followers are assured of final victory over whatever we may be facing in this life, as well as joyous welcome into the next, where we will meet Him face to face.
Prayer for today: Father God, we love you and are so grateful for Jesus victory over this world and all it's troubles. Thank you for the knowledge that Jesus has already won the battle for us. Because of that, please help us to experience peace even in the midst of the troubles of this world knowing it is not our home, but only a prelude to our eternal home with You. Help us to share this Good News with those around us that they too could know You and taste Your peace. We ask in Jesus' name. AMEN!
Confession for today: I confess that because of Christ's victory over this world, I can be at peace no matter how difficult my circumstances. I declare this by faith in Jesus. AMEN!