One of the things I've learned about becoming a Christian is that it doesn't make me immune from problems and struggles. Can you believe, at one time that is what I expected?
I think alot of people might think that way. For some reason we think that because we accept Christ as our Savior, and especially if we're doing all we can to walk in His path, that the reward for that would be a problem-free, easy-go-lucky life. Not so, my friend.
Actually, our "reward" for becoming a follower of Christ is eternal life with God in Heaven. That's the future, however.
Jesus stated in John 10:10 that..." I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." My study Bible gives the original Latin word for "abundantantly", which is "perissos, meaning superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient. Jesus died to give us that kind of life, right here on earth.
What He doesn't say is that He came to give us a problem-free life, in fact in John 16:33 He firmly states..."These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
You see, right there Jesus Himself is warning us that life on this earth will have struggles and trials...but the good news is that because He overcame this world and its struggles, we can too.
I'm not saying that we are to be flippant and polyanna about our trying situations, of course not. I think what I've come to aspire to, though, is having a peace even in the midst of some very turbulent times in my life. And I know that peace can only come from the Prince of Peace Himself, Jesus Christ.
I've learned that I won't get "zapped" with instant peace or calm, but that it comes from deep within. It comes from reading and studying the Word of God, so that when those storms hit...and they will...the Holy Spirit moves to recall those precious, powerful verses in a way to calm and soothe my troubled circumstances.
But I have to be quiet long enough to listen. That's hard to do when I'm in the midst of chaos and noise. It takes alot of faith, and prayer...and belief.
Just knowing that I'm a child of God, and that all His amazing promises in the Word of God are written for me...for my family, is the first step in overcoming the trials.
Jesus talks so much about peace, and love, and even tells us that He is the Light of the world. He encourages us to walk in the Light.
That means its a choice. We have to make the conscious effort to do our part...to find victory and peace.