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03-11-13
In This World

In This World

John 16:33

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace.

In this world you will have troubles: but take heart! I have overcome the world."

 I absolutely love the old hymns and have written on many of them over the last several years. And one of my all time favorites is the classic, ‘It is Well with My Soul.’ It commemorates a father’s love for his heavenly father’s grace following the loss of his beloved family. It eloquently points out that although we will experience sufferings, trials and pain, we are to rejoice as Christ has overcome it all. The second verse of the beautiful hymn puts persecution and troubles in perspective.

Tho Satan should buffet, tho trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Paul was given "a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet" him (2 Corinthians 12:7). Almost every saint of every age could echo Paul's concerns, for trials come to each child of God. "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you" (1 Peter 4:12). God had a purpose in Paul's life, and He has one in ours, although Paul couldn't clearly see the purpose, and, at times, we can't either. We can, however, "glory," as Paul did; or "rejoice," as Peter advises, in response to the knowledge of God's loving oversight.

The persecution may never stop, and may, in fact, result in serious loss--even death. But through it all, we can have the controlling assurance that He has made our destiny certain, "for when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). "We see Jesus . . . for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. . . . |thereby| bringing many sons unto glory" (Hebrews 2:9-10). As the passage above reminds us, "in the world we shall have troubles." God may neither stop it nor explain it, but He has "overcome" it, by shedding His own blood for our souls. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32). Truly, "it is well with my soul."

What incredible comfort we receive from GOD’s promise of peace in Him, that by virtue of His victory of the world, whatever troubles that might invade our lives, we should expect them with rejoicing! For it is the will of Christ that his children should have peace within, whatever, troubles there may be without. As peace in Christ is the only true peace. This is the aim of the Word of Christ. Is it your aim to receive it?