When Jesus said, “I have told you these things…,” He was speaking to His disciples who follow and obey His commands. He also said to them, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:20-22, NIV)
Are you His disciple? If you are, then this is His word for you as well! Read and have understanding, take heart, and don’t be afraid because Jesus has overcome the world for you! Stop doubting or wondering if God cares. Why question the love God has for you or worry if He is watching over you? Why belittle Jesus and think less of His power? Did God not watch over Moses, David, Timothy, Paul…all who trusted and believed in Him? Did you not see their hardship and struggle as they went through different life events? They went through many difficult struggles and we do as well! Jesus said we would! He has not lied to us, nor does He try to convince us that we will be blessed with everything we wish for if we follow Him.
Does it matter? The hardships we have are absolutely challenging, and they may bring heartache, pain, and grief…but they also make us realize how much we need to draw closer to Jesus. They help us remember the hope we have in heaven, a place where every tear will be wiped away, a place where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain and where the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4) All things that seem to matter in this life on earth are temporary and will matter no more when we arrive in heaven.
What truly matters is where we will spend eternity – in a place filled with love which never fades or a place of isolation forever. This leads us to a point of real understanding in that we need to fight the good fight of the faith and take hold of the eternal life to which we were called. (1 Timothy 6:12) We need to fix our eyes on what is unseen and eternal, and we need to set our mind on the things above. (2 Corinthians 4:18, Colossians 3:2) We need to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
My dear families in Christ, we are not created to live in a fallen world which is full of sin and lies. This is never God’s intent. He desires for us to live a life where we can fully enjoy His presence and all His good and rich blessings. Do not allow the enemy to drag you with him to the place he cannot escape and the punishment he deserves – the raging fire and the wrath of God. Instead, stand firm and put on the full armor of God - fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep your faith. (Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Timothy 4:7)