But if we belong to him, then the waters we enter won’t overwhelm us. The flames will do us no lasting damage. Like Paul, we’re “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” What’s the defining factor? When we go through horrible experiences, we don’t go through them alone. The reason we’re not overwhelmed and not burned beyond recovery is because he is with us. He never lets his children undergo anything alone. When the world looks in the furnace to watch us burn, they’re surprised that there are four when there are supposed to be three.
My friend, the Lord Jesus wasn’t joking. You will go through trouble in this world. That’s a given. But remember the second part of that verse from John: Yes, we’ll have trouble in this world, but we can take heart, because he’s overcome the world. And his victory is ours.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being with me. I know that hard days might be ahead, but I don’t have to go through them alone. Never alone.