Overcoming Troubles!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“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.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))

Is there anything in the world today that does not reek of trouble? Perhaps another way to look at that word is to interpret trouble as pressure. With that in mind, take a serious look at your life and the world in general. It is almost impossible to find areas of your life that do not have pressure or trouble. Terrorism and wars plague nations. Financial problems are now terrorizing nations and individuals in ways that terrorists could only hope to be able to do. People are losing their homes because they have lost their jobs. Many families are beyond a two income household. It is not uncommon for those who can to have two or three incomes. Health problems abound and seem to be on the increase.

Do you clearly get the picture? In this world, we face many hardships and troubles. In our human nature, we can do nothing about them. We can be battered by the troubles and allow them to take their toll or we can firmly ground ourselves in something that is above the troubles.

That something is Jesus !

Unfortunately, too many people believe that relying upon Jesus means that we will have no troubles. When they face troubles, they abandon Jesus. He does not abandon them. They are looking for a magical solution to eliminate all troubles. If they would only realize that Jesus gives us strength through the troubles. He is with us if we will only recognize that He is there.

During these troubling times, we must not abandon Jesus. We must turn to Him and rely upon His strength. When things look bad because you need work, turn to Jesus. When things are good because you have work, turn to Jesus. In all things, turn to Jesus. Seek His guidance in how He will work in your life to overcome your troubles.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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