IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION
“His disciples said (to Jesus), ‘Look, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but take heart (θαρσεῖτε, дерзайте), I have overcome (νενίκηκα) the world.’” (Jn 16: 29-33)
We do, and will, have tribulation “in the world,” as the Lord tells us here. And that’s OK, because we are meant to be “in the world,” with all its tribulations, rather than “out” of it. “I do not pray that you take them out of the world,” Christ prayed to His Father, “but that you keep them from the evil one.” (Jn 17: 15) Some of the “tribulations” we encounter are our own sins and shortcomings, like being “scattered” as the disciples were, abandoning the Lord. But “take heart,” He says to all of us, because I have vanquished (νενίκηκα) all your darkness. And in Him, despite our slips and falls, we have peace. “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace.”
Today I don’t seek escape “out of the world,” but walk my cross-carrying journey where I was meant to be, “in the world.” I don’t do this on my own, however, but with and “in” Christ. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, let me let You into my day today, that in You I may have peace, through my ups and downs.