Another Reason For Joy

“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)

Parents of teenagers must often bite their tongues and allow their teens to learn lessons the hard way. It sad but true that teens will sometimes refuse to listen to their parents’ good advice and pay the price.

As adults we have learned to listen to expert advice and thus spare ourselves the cost of making foolish mistakes. So we put today’s verses in context and discover another reason for joy in the context of sorrow.

The Master had just said three things that broke the disciples hearts and filled their minds with fear. The Good Shepherd told the disciples He was leaving them and they could not follow Him, He also said one of them was a traitor and finally that Peter would deny Him before dawn. If ever the disciples needed comfort and a reason for joy it was right now.

So it was that the Saviour told the disciples, 1. Peace will come by studying Jesus’ teaching, 2. Make no mistake trouble will come, 3. Be joyful because He had overcome the world.

The Gospels are rich with words from the lips of the divine Teacher. We are to expect trouble so we should not be surprised by its entrance into our lives. But we wonder what the Teacher meant by saying He had overcome the world? Briefly we say that the Saviour won in his temptation in the wilderness prior to His 3 ½ years of ministry.

Today, can you come to terms with the fact that you will have adversity in this life? Jesus offers a wonderful truth that however difficult your path may be you are on the winning side.

Read the following prayer and make it your prayer today.

O Master, let me walk with thee 
In lowly paths of service free; 
Tell me thy secret, help me bear 
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move 
By some clear, winning word of love; 
Teach me the wayward feet to stay, 
And guide them in the homeward way. 

Teach me thy patience; still with thee 
In closer, dearer company, 
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, 
In trust that triumphs over wrong. 

In hope that sends a shining ray 
Far down the future’s broad’ning way, 
In peace that only thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live.

W. Gladden

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