Sometimes I’m just floored by what a truly broken world we live in. I read about heartache and loss, struggle and pain. Job stress and illness. Relationships in deep trouble. Loneliness. Doubt. Fear. All of this from people that I care about, people I serve each week.
When life gets hard, it can be a struggle to trust God, to continue to believe He’s with us and that He loves us. And the truth is, sometimes what we know and what we feel are completely at odds.
So allow me to share some encouragement from Jesus. But first, a warning: this is not the stuff of Halmark cards; Jesus has never been the type to pretend that life will be easy.
“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.” (Jesus, John 16:33)
If you’re familiar with His story, you understand that Jesus knows something about “having trouble” in this world… (continue reading…)