Daily Devotionals

March 23rd, 2024

John 16:33: “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.”

Jesus said these words to his disciples just before his crucifixion (John 19).

He acknowledges the reality of trials and tribulations that they will face in the world but offers them peace through their relationship with him. The phrase “take heart” is a call to courage and faith despite adversity, as Jesus reassures them that he has triumphed over the challenges of the world.

This verse speaks to the dual nature of the Christian life: the inevitability of facing difficulties contrasted with the abiding peace we have in Christ.  It emphasizes the importance of finding refuge in Jesus amid life’s storms, recognizing that his victory over sin and death provides hope and strength to endure. It also underscores the transformative power of our faith in him, enabling believers to navigate through trials with resilience and confidence.

Ultimately, John 16:33 invites believers to anchor their trust in Jesus, finding peace not in the absence of trouble but in the presence of the One who has conquered the world. It serves as a reminder that despite the hardships of life, the assurance of Christ’s victory offers comfort and assurance to all who place their faith in him.

In 1960 Billy Graham wrote a book called “Answers to Life’s Problems”.  In it, he says:

  “Christ wants to give you hope for the future. He wants you to learn what it means to   walk with Him every day. When you come to Christ, God gives you eternal life – which   begins right now as you open your heart to Him.”

Walking with Jesus every day we have hope for the future.

What does it mean to you to walk with Jesus every day?

PRAY: Spend some time in prayer meditating on Jesus’ Promise of Hope