33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
My friends, we will have trouble in this world. These troubles come from our sin from within and the worldly temptations from without. We will have days of glorious joy, but there will also be times of desperate despair. John Newton says: “An evil heart, and evil temper, and the many crosses we meet with in passing through an evil world – will bring us many troubles. But the Lord has provided a balm for every wound…” That’s why the psalmist can say, why so downcast O my soul, put your hope in God. When our hearts our heavy with trouble from our sufferings in this life Jesus gives us hope in the peace he provides because he has overcome the world. The peace we receive tells us that God is working to produce in us – through those trials – a purging away of sin, like a refiner’s fire, but also the knowledge that the end of all our troubles is eternal life in glory. So then, when look to Christ in the midst of our troubles we can say like Job, “Though he slay me, I will hope in him”, for when he is done we will be like pure gold.