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Does Becoming a Christian Prevent Trouble? (Y1.T2.D52)


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Life will always have troubles. Jesus proclaimed this in (John 16:33). Sadly, western society has taught us—through books, movies, and social media—that the comfort of "happily ever after" is obtainable when it's not.


Consider what M. Scott Peck wrote in the first chapter of his book The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth:


Life is difficult.

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. . . . They voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and that has somehow been especially visited upon them. . . and not upon others. I know about this moaning because I have done my share.


Like M. Scott Peck, I'm also guilty. Even though I know trouble will remain until God wipes away every tear and eliminates death, mourning, and pain (Revelation 21:4), I still occasionally complain. But as a Christian, I don't need to.


Becoming a Christian transforms our perspective on trouble. James 1:2–4 states:


Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


Did you see that? The testing of our faith should be counted as "all joy." The NIV translates it as "pure joy" and the AMP "nothing but joy."


And that's not all! Becoming a Christian also helps us stop inviting extra trouble into our lives. While the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we may have abundant life (John 10:10). By subjecting ourselves to God, we can resist the devil, and make him flee (James 4:7).


The full quote Jesus made in John 16:33 was, "I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”


Christian or not, trouble is inevitable—but by following Jesus, we not only overcome it but gain from it.


Help Me Deal with Trouble when It Comes


23 “In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. 25 I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you that I will pray to the Father for you, 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father, and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”


29 His disciples said to him, “Behold, now you are speaking plainly, and using no figures of speech. 30 Now we know that you know all things, and don’t need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came from God.”


31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:23–33)


39 He came out and went, as his custom was, to the Mount of Olives. His disciples also followed him. (Luke 22:39)

Matthew 26:36a, Mark 14:32a


40 When he was at the place, he said to them, “Pray that you don’t enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)

Matthew 26:36b–38; Mark 14:32b–34

Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:35–36, Luke 22:40–42


10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.

He has caused him to suffer.

When you make his soul an offering for sin,

he will see his offspring.

He will prolong his days

and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:10)


43 An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. 44 Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. (Luke 22:43–44)


1 Jesus said these things, then lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; 2 even as you gave him authority over all flesh, so he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed. (John 17:1–5)

Matthew 26:40–41a, Mark 14:37–38a, Luke 22:45–46

Matthew 26:41b–42, Mark 14:38b–39


6 I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me are from you, 8 for the words which you have given me I have given to them, and they received them, and knew for sure that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I don’t pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. (John 17:6–10)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm 91:2). I will not be afraid of the terror by night nor the destruction that wastes at noonday (Psalm 91:5–6). Thank You for Your love and desire to deliver me. I'm awestruck that You know my name. Please hear and answer my call and continue to be with me when trouble comes (Psalm 91:14–15). You are all I need in life.


Amen.


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