In this world, you will have troubles, but take heart…

I heard this verse quoted on Shine FM in Calgary yesterday afternoon. The radio announcer referenced it in relation to something Billy Graham said. The full verse is from John 16:33 (New International Version) -> “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.”

For me, these are wise words to reflect on.

Billy Graham’s comment was that given the troubles you will experience, you have two choices.

  1. Become bitter and jaded at the world. We have a lot of cynics everywhere we go and without God’s help, I classify myself as one of them. Stories about the good in humanity are few and far between. Look no further than the political class and then tell me about the overall good of humanity.
  2. Trust God. It is worthwhile to remember that as a Christian, this earth is our temporary home. Also, all the frustration, worry, and fretting does absolutely nothing. With prayer, we have a mighty warrior on our side. Coupled with decisive godly action, things can change for the better. However, we must be able to wait on God’s timing and trust Him for the final outcome. Taking on worldly problems entirely on our own will break us, or at the very least, leave us bitter.

I’m struggling with how Alberta is being run. I want restrictions lifted and I don’t believe the fear-mongering of the NDP. Children should be able to go to school without masks. Families need to be able to visit without the fear of the Gestapo paying them a visit. Children need to run and play team sports. Inexpensive medications proven to help with covid need to be accessible even if big pharma doesn’t make a massive profit, and the list goes on. The liars in government who add misery to people’s lives needs to be held to account. ALL IN GOD’S TIME.

I certainly need God’s peace and I pray that I remember the verse quoted above. I pray this too for all the readers of this blog.

God bless!