Monday, August 3: In this world you will have trouble
Read John 16:25-33
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."
"Do you now believe?" Jesus replied. "A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
"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."
Again Jesus is doing his best to prepare his disciples for all that's to come. Finally, the disciples seem to have a breakthrough. What is it they professed about Jesus that pleased him so much?
A huge part of following Jesus means trusting that the things he said are indeed true — true when he said them, and true today. Take his final statement in this passage with you today, and live as if it's true: "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."