Jesus certainly did as He talked with His followers just before His arrest and crucifixion. Just before the storm hit, here’s what He said —
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)
I find something reassuring about Jesus telling me that I will have trouble. Not that trouble is enjoyable (at all!). But what is enjoyable is knowing that He knows. Nothing takes Jesus by surprise!
Jesus said that I would find my peace when I remain IN Him. When I see trouble coming, my natural tendency is to start doing things for myself. I start making plans, giving orders, gathering resources, hunkering down in my foxhole. In reality, all this does nothing but increase my level of anxiety!
Jesus has overcome. So when I stay IN Him, I overcome too.
Here’s what I’ve learned about how to stay IN Him…
- Stay in the Word every day, but especially when I see trouble coming.
- Stay in prayer; in fact, I increase my prayer times.
- Stay in worship because I don’t want to focus on the storm, but on the Overcomer.
- Stay in contact with my friends and ask them to join me in prayer.
Check out this prayer David penned when he saw trouble coming. It’s still a great prayer for you and me today —
Keep me safe, O God, for IN You I take refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.” Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy IN your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. (Psalm 16:1, 2, 9, 11)