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
No matter who the person is or where he is from, one thing that is common among all people is having trouble in this life. The types of challenges that people face may be different, depending upon many different circumstances, but trouble is always there.
Since people have troubles, most people do not have much peace. They live with great fear or anxiety. Billions are spent every year on medicine to help calm people’s nerves.
Jesus had just finished telling the disciples that they would be persecuted. He then tells them that not only will they have trouble in this world, but they can have His peace, because He has overcome the world.
Some people have taught that when a person becomes a believer, that all of his troubles will go away. Some believe that is a true thing to expect.
Jesus was a perfect man, with perfect faith, and yet He still had lots of trouble in this world. However, despite all the troubles, He also had perfect peace, because He knew the Father was in control.
Every day a believer will have some trouble in his life. He may be actually persecuted, or it may be just the struggles and problems of this life, needing food, clothing, paying bills, things breaking down or more.
Rather than fearing the trouble, the believer can trust in God to bring him through it or to provide for his needs at the right time. He can also know that all these troubles are only for a short time, regardless of how long he lives on this earth. He can have peace, knowing that some day he will live with no troubles in heaven for eternity.
You have troubles that hit you every day. Some are major, some are minor, but all are troubles that you do not want.
Rather than fretting and worrying over those troubles, put your trust in God. Jesus overcame death, the greatest trouble to man, He can overcome your troubles.
Hold on to the peace that He offers you and be of great cheer that He has already overcome the world. In Christ Jesus you are a victor and will have the victory in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace Jesus offers you; that you will trust God in every situation in your life; that you will see God’s victory in your life; and that you will have joy in knowing God is in control.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30
People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.
In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.
An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.
It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.
Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.
This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.
No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.
You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.
God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.
Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31
During times when things happen that are out of a person’s control, most people will begin to fear. The fear rises even faster when what is occurring is or can be dangerous. The more dangerous it can be, the higher the level of fear. Very few people like the idea of facing danger boldly or at all.
Doubt that they will make it out safely sets in their mind quickly and they begin to fear.
While Jesus was out walking on the water, Peter sees Him. Jesus tells Peter to walk on the water towards Him. As he does, he begins to sink when he sees some waves. Jesus saves him and asks him why he doubted.
All throughout scripture God tells believers that He will protect and provide for them and that they can trust Him. Having trust in God is having faith in Him, knowing that God will do what He says He will do.
Although God has not asked most people to step out of a boat and walk on water, He does ask believers to step out in faith in other areas of life.
This step of faith will look different for each person. For one it may be just a simple telling someone about Jesus. For others it may be picking up and moving with no clue as to what is next. All believers are told to tithe and give sacrificially.
In all of these ways, there is a certain amount of danger involved. It is stepping out of the boat into the water with large waves that may drown a person. However, if God has said to step out, one must not doubt, but trust Him and step out in faith.
God may be asking you to step out in faith in an area of your life. Think back of all the times God has already provided for you and taken care of you. Think of all the promises of God to you.
Now, instead of fearing the step, go ahead and step out and walk in faith in God. Do not let fear to stop or drown you. Know that He is right there with you and will take care of you, as long as you are doing what He said to do.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fully trust God with your life; that you will remove all doubt in trusting God; that you will step out in faith as God leads you; and that you will go wherever God leads you to go.