Do you see it on the horizon? Storm clouds building, blowing in fast; wind picking up; something ominous in the air. Here comes trouble!
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 should 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)
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