Life is like a river raft trip with seasons of calm, seasons of joy, seasons of sheer terror and seasons of victory. Through every season, Jesus offers a second chance at peace.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
Trouble comes. Sometimes it’s minor stuff like spiders and snakes – trouble with a small “t”. The Greek word for trouble in this passage is life altering, gut wrenching and intense pressure – trouble with a capital “T”.
Jesus said you will have trouble. Being a Christian doesn’t make you immune to trouble, but with Jesus we can have peace in the trouble. Most often it will come from a shift in perspective.
Your peace has a lot to do with your highest life goal. For the vast majority of people, that goal looks like getting as far down the road as you can, in the best shape as possible for you and those you love. It’s not a bad goal. The Bible supports this priority.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Proverbs 3:1-2
There is nothing wrong with having this as a top priority, but when it is the highest priority, trouble will threaten the very core of your life. You need a different number one goal – live your life for the glory of God.
When the number one goal of your life is to glorify God then no amount of trouble can side track your mission. Jesus offers an incredible example as his life neared the cross.
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. John 17:1 NIV
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” John 12:25-18
When the ultimate goal of our life is to bring glory to God, trouble will not derail our lives. We find a second chance at peace as we choose to trust God and believe that he can be glorified as he sees us through each season of trouble.
Pastor Rob and Laura share their personal journey of turning tragedy into God-glorifying ministry in this article for Ministry Today magazine