Lent Day 8

“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

Watching the news can be depressing, the majority of it is bad. Wars, earthquakes, and political strife to name a few. It gives one the incentive to not watch. However, as the above scripture states, Jesus has overcome the world. 

We can be hard on ourselves for momentarily forgetting who is ultimately in control. Yet, when we are living in the midst of this world and its troubles; it is easy to forget Jesus’ words, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” But so did the people in the Bible. In the desert wandering, the Israelites repeatedly forgot what God had done and was doing for them. Even to the point where they complained it would have been better for them to have stayed in Egypt. Stayed in Egypt where they were in bondage. Peace during this time eluded the Israelites. The desert wanderers focused on their circumstances and not on who was in control. 

Forgetting who is in control is normal. Just because it is normal doesn’t mean we need to live there. God has more for us, just as He had more (the Promised Land) for the Israelites. The question is where is our focus? Is it on our circumstances? Is it on the current state of our world? If so, we need to stop and remind ourselves…Jesus is in control. Put on repeat “…Take heart! I have overcome the world.”

During this Lenten season, make time to focus on the promises of God. Remember, THE ONE, who has overcome the world. 

Dear Lord, may we remember You have overcome the world. May our hearts be filled with peace that only You can provide. In Jesus Name, Amen

Written by Dawn Whitmore

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