I have said these things to you, in me you may have peace.
In this world, you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (ESV)
In our present-day world, we hear of tragedy striking somewhere in our world every day. Some of these are in our own nation, even sometimes close to home. The latest one happened in Las Vegas. I have a friend from high school who has an ex-son-in-law who works there. People from all over our nation vacation there. Companies hold conventions in that town.
The news media calls this the worst tragedy in our modern history. 58 people, thus far, lost their lives and 500 suffer injuries. I saw the brother of the man responsible speak on one of the news channels. He did not know of any reason for his older brother’s behavior.
Our church is holding its annual 24-hour prayer vigil today. This latest event has caused me to be more mindful of the need for God in our lives. How many people will be senselessly killed or maimed before we, as a people, think seriously about our relationship with God and recognize Him?
Jesus told the disciples He disclosed His Father’s plan in order that they may have peace. He then warns them the world will bring them tribulation. Some of us have had times of personal peril, protracted times of hardship, and uncertainty. We, as a nation, have weathered the storms of war, economic upheaval, and natural disasters.
Jesus then told His disciples that He has overcome the world. Jesus is bigger than the tragedies and disasters the world puts us through. If we permit Him, the Father guides us through those times. We have to allow ourselves to yield to God’s guidance as we progress through these times.