32 A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my father is with me. 33 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.
We live in a broken world. I can’t think of a time that illustrates that more literally than now. 2020 has been a year already, hasn’t it! A global pandemic, police brutality, rioting, and to see our nation still fighting racism – it’s a sad and troubled time!
A few things that I carry away from this passage of scripture are:
- We live in a broken world.
- Christians will suffer distress.
- Jesus has already won our ultimate victory in this broken world.
Christ entered into our world and suffered alongside us. His world wasn’t perfect just as our world isn’t perfect. He offers us hope and gives us a promise of peace that transcends our earthly sufferings.
Whether it is the loss of a job, illness, the fear of the unknown during this COVID-19 pandemic, oppression, injustice or living in fear because the color of our skin, I pray that we can all find some gentle peace in knowing that this broken world we are passing through is just our temporary home and that our permanent home in Heaven will not be broken or burdened. We were not promised a perfect world here on Earth, but we are promised a perfect world in Heaven! Christ has walked this path before us and now, from Heaven, he walks this path with us, providing us with the peace we need while putting one foot in front of the other. Yes, our world is very broken right now, but Christ broke his body so that it can be beautiful again one day. Cling to that. Rest in that. Wait with that, and let your faith be restored in that!
Father God, thank you for walking before us in this troubled world. Thank you for your victory in this broken earth. Thank you for your peace and for never leaving us as we navigate our troubles. Please help us find your peace and catch glimpses of you and your promises each and every day. Amen.
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