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In Trouble

One of the most common and naive sentences in the English language is perhaps the following: “If I can just get through this problem, then everything will be all right.”

There comes a time, and it may well be the birth of maturity, when we realize that once we get through our present problem there will be another one, slightly larger and a little more intense, waiting to take its place.

~ Tim Hansel
You Gotta Keep Dancin’

Jesus never promised his followers a problem-free life. To the contrary, he assured them (and us) that they would have problems. Count on it.

"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

The good news comes on two fronts. 1—Jesus walks each step with us, regardless of our trouble, and 2—He has already overcome our troubles anyway by defeating sin itself.

There is no problem that can defeat us if we’re depending on his strength and not our own. Victory is promised before we even fight the battle.

To make peace with having problems, seek peace in a Person, not in a preferred outcome.


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