You’ve probably heard it said that life offers only two guarantees: death and taxes. Well, I beg to differ.
John 16:32.33 says, “…Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Based on these words, life offers at least two more guarantees—(1) so long as we’re warm and breathing, we will face many troubles and (2) we can experience peace in the midst of those troubles.
Trials and sorrows come in many forms. I recently read an article about a woman who’d faced a cancer diagnosis four times. Another story in the same magazine told of a woman’s relationship woes with her mother-in-law. A third told of a woman who’d prayed for healing in her marriage, but divorce came instead. Add to that list chronic illness, financial concerns, the sudden loss of a loved one, abuse, and mental health issues. You get the picture. The list is endless. We’ll all experience pain and heartache. We just don’t know when, or how much it will hurt.
The good news is that we can have peace in the midst of our troubles. Just as the Father was present with Jesus through thick and thin, so He is present with us. From the moment we place our faith in Jesus for salvation, His Holy Spirit takes up residence in us. Therefore, we are never alone. No matter what valleys we walk through, God Almighty walks with us. His presence brings courage. His kindness provides comfort. His strength gives victory. Peace is ours when we remember Who’s hand holds us.
Can you think of another guarantee based on God’s Word? Tell us what it is, okay?