Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In the thick of life – with its social distancing, economic stress, and untimely deaths, during the assault of the Covid pandemic –it is easy to be overcome by the world, the flesh, and the various temporal stresses and strains they place on us. The sudden or unexpected death of someone close can be particularly traumatic, throwing life out of balance for days if not decades. It was no different for the disciples of Jesus’ day who were facing the violence of Roman oppression as well as the impending death of their Master. But Jesus pointed out to his disciples then, and to us now, that ‘You will suffer in the world.’ He had that right! But with this caution he made an astounding promise that has been proven true by faith-full men and women through the centuries: ‘But have courage! I have overcome the world.’ Indeed, it is because Jesus has overcome the world that we are never alone - the Father is always with us (v. 32) - and we are able to ask for and receive what we need when we need it (v. 24). When I remember that Jesus has overcome the world, that God is always with us, and that I can ask Father God for anything that I truly need, then I am equipped in heart, mind, soul and strength to not only survive but thrive through anything life throws at me, into God’s merciful nearer presence. How can I have hope in the trials and troubles of life? Holy Spirit of Jesus, remind me that you have overcome the world.
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. (Psalm 138:3)
There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve him, boldness to share him and contentment within him.
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.