“31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33.
In this wicked world, the Most High did not promise us an easy life. To the contrary, Christ told His disciples that in this world they would have tribulation. But He also reminded them that He overcame the world.
Many, many years ago, I suffered with depression. There were things in my life that I felt were out of my control and was unable to fix. At times, they felt so BIG I couldn’t see how I could turn things around. I wore a party face often.
But the smallest will to fight left in me, kept my head just above water.
Despite my efforts in trying to find an easier way around my fiery trials, the only way to overcome was to actually walk straight and right through them (Matthew 7:13-14). I couldn’t give up because the going got tough, I had to be tough to get going in the right way. It was imperative that I shut myself up because my mind, especially when in a depressed state, is NOT to be trusted (Jeremiah 17:5, 9). My emotions play tricks on me and make me lose hope when, in all reality, I have been promised eternal hope, love, peace and life everlasting from Him who created me. I JUST NEED TO BELIEVE THAT!!
In the movie, The Matrix, one of Neo’s first test was to jump off a building and have faith that he wouldn’t die. He failed. He couldn’t jump. Fear overcame him. By the end of the movie, Neo jumped off without a second thought having the faith that he would live. We too need to let go and let God and trust in Him. I am not in control, He is and He wants only what is good for me.
My humbling time brought me face-to-face with the reality of what it means to be STILL, to ENDURE and to be PATIENT. It was in humility that I learned our affliction is but for a moment and not forever (II Corinthians 4:17). And most importantly, I finally understood what it takes to truly BELIEVE and have HOPE and FAITH in the promises of the Most High and Christ; we are conquerors and not enslaved to the depressive snares of this world.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37.
Our season of tribulation can be looked upon as some of the best faith-building days of our lives.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6