“All of this I have told you so that you will not fall away.” John 16:1
Jesus has been telling the disciples about His having to die and go away. He also tells them about how the world will hate them and persecute them. The things He is telling them are not all of a beautiful rosy picture perfect world, they are of struggles and hard times that are coming. His whole purpose for telling them was so that they will not fall away when it comes.
People love to talk about the love of God and the blessings God provides. They will also talk about the power of God and His great ability to heal and rescue people and defeat the enemy. When they look at just these aspects of God and what Jesus said, things look very great. It looks like everything will go great and smooth, that there will be many blessings and God’s favor.
Yet, that is not what Jesus is saying. He tells you that there will be problems and trouble. In the very next verse Jesus states that there will come a time when people will think they are serving God by killing believers.
Jesus is promising trouble. If you forget to look at that, you may, like many others, fall away from Jesus when those troubles come.
When hardship comes it is easy to think that maybe you failed God and are getting punished, or that maybe believing in God is not the real truth and that maybe the world is right after all.
You are warned by Jesus before things happen so that you will not fall away. Jesus told you it would be tough, so that you do not question what is happening when it happens. These things are to build your faith and trust in God.
Who is in control? God. Do you really believe that? When things go bad or from bad to worse, do you still believe that?
Do not give up on God. Do not lose your faith in Him. Everything that happens is happening for a purpose to build you more like Jesus and to bring others to Jesus. Use those bad things as a testimony for Jesus. Do not let them cause you to fall away.
I pray today that you will trust Jesus in the bad times; that you will rely upon the power of Jesus; that you will not doubt Jesus; and that you will be made more like Jesus through all you go through in life.