“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” Revelation 1:9
How much have I suffered for the cause of Christ? If I’m being honest, not much at all.
John, however, did suffer. He was persecuted, exiled, and it really was because of his faith. He was taken to Patmos because of the Word of God and his testimony of Jesus.
Being a follower of Christ, being a believer, being one who serves the Lord, doesn’t guarantee that we will be free from persecution, or suffering, or challenging times. In fact, Jesus said in John 16:33, “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.”
In this world, we will have trouble. It feels like that right now, doesn’t it? Trouble seems to be on lots of fronts.
The news is unsettling.
The economy is unsettling.
The health crisis is unsettling.
It feels like trouble is pounding at the front door or creeping in through the backdoor.
However, the promise from Jesus’ own lips is that, when trouble comes, in Him we can have peace.
And we can pray for our families, churches, neighbors, leaders, our city, our nation, and the world. No matter how trouble comes, Jesus has overcome the world.