He said it, not me. It’s right here, in John 16:33, “In the world you have tribulation.”

Yes, it’s nasty down here sometimes, and God isn’t going to make it all go away. Troubles are part of being alive, and being human. And they sting deep within our souls.

But we seem to associate trouble with a troubled soul, and that’s where God does not agree with us. Remember the John 16 verse? Here is the whole verse: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Wow, that’s way different, isn’t it? God somehow does not equate tribulation with a troubled soul.

To me, this verse was like a dangling carrot. Tantalizing, but just out of reach. How does one go through trouble without being troubled?

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So I sat with this verse for a while. “Sitting” with something I don’t get is such a key in my life. The more I consider the issue, the more what matters comes to the surface, the the picture gets clearer. And at some point, the fog lifts.

So I pondered the verse. I dissected it a bit. Yes, there is trouble. BUT

  • He speaks that we might have peace
  • We can take courage
  • He has overcome it all

Peace? Well, peace is certainly a sign of rest. Rest in the midst of trouble? But trouble brings burdens… So peace in the midst of trouble is only possible when I let go of the burden that the trouble brings. Because peace does not live at the same address as a troubled soul. The trouble only brings a burden (a troubled soul) because of what it speaks to me, right? A storm is just a storm. It only is an issue if I internalize it, make it mine, let it tell me things about me and my future and the world that shake me to the core.

When I move in peace, it’s because I have let go of the story I told myself about the trouble. I replaced it with His story. And when I see things His way, I take courage. Because He always reminds me that He indeed has overcome it all, and I can bank on His faithfulness from now until forever.

No more dangling carrot for me. It tastes delightful.

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