Throughout the New Testament we read the promises we have in Christ. One such promise was made in the book of John: “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage I have overcome the world.”
This is not a promise that necessarily brings a warm, fuzzy feeling to most of us. It begins with a warning, “In this world you will have tribulation,” but it ends with a promise, “I have overcome the world.”
Our world is becoming more and more anti-Christian. We are limited by what we can say about our Lord because it might offend others. Our nation is attacked in the name of a god who opposes the one true God. Countless believers all over the world are persecuted, or even murdered, because of their faith.
No wonder believers are concerned that persecution will eventually invade our nation as well.
How are we to deal with this persecution if, and when, it comes? How do we keep from being filled with fear? Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest puts it this way: “Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him.”
Such comforting words from Oswald Chambers. But even more comforting are the words of Jesus when He said, “Take courage, for I have overcome the world.” Nothing can ever separate us from Him, so we must trust that whatever we need in the face of persecution, He will supply – whether we understand or not.