“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
When life is smooth sailing it is easy to fix our eyes on the blessing of a peaceful journey in life. We have five senses that connect us to this life. We have taste, sight, touch, hearing, and smell to give us input from the physical world. That is a lot of information and processing it takes considerable mental effort.
When it comes to the spiritual world we do not have such vivid and continuous information for our minds. We do not touch, smell, hear, see, or taste the spiritual world all around us. Angels are close by ministering in various ways but they are unseen and unheard. The Holy Spirit resident within us is similarly unseen.
So the unseen spiritual world lacks the immediate connection that we have to this world and that is the problem. Faith bridges the gap between the physical and the spiritual.
As we read in Hebrews 11:1
“…faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
In today’s verse Jesus instructs us to find peace, comfort, strength, stability in Him when life here gets difficult. He also tells us to remember He has overcome the world with all its trials and tribulations. Our Saviour conquered every enemy of His people and the last enemy that He shall destroy for us is death. As we read in 1 Corinthians 15:26 NIV
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
Through reading the Gospels our eyes feast on the Captain of our salvation. In those pages we observe His mighty power, His great tenderness, His unfailing love. The most encouraging portraits of our Lord are found in the pages of Scripture. Go there daily and fortify your faith and then go into this sin cursed world and live in His victory.
“Take heart” Our Lord has gained the victory for us and in this truth we shall prevail.