Problems in life are inevitable but this verse gives Christians the reassurance that Jesus has overcome them. From his own lips – the lips of the perfect Son of God – he says we will have ‘trials and tribulations’ but we are to rest in him and trust him, for he has ‘overcome’ the world’s problem. In other words, whatever we are going through, whatever difficulties we face today Jesus has taken away their power to harm us!
Yes many problems in life can hurt us and defeat us at times. They can rob us of our joy and our effectiveness. But these effects are temporary and, I know from personal experience, if we fully trust in God, he will give us the strength, courage, stamina or whatever we need to overcome our problems. They won’t get the better of us, for we are held in his hand and wrapped in his everlasting arms!
This is what Jesus says:-
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)
Last night at church, I copied a poster that was in one of the halls that had been set up as a prayer room.
I think it fits in well here:-
‘Come near to God and He will come near to you’
Trust in His timing
Rely on His promises
Wait on His answers
Believe in His miracles
Rejoice in His goodness
Relax in His presence
‘Leave all your worries with Him for He cares for you.’