“Take heart…l have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33 NLT
On May 3, 1943, air raid sirens sounded over London. People raced toward Bethnal Green Underground station, where more than five hundred people had already taken refuge. In the next ten minutes, fifteen hundred more would join them. A woman carrying a baby lost her footing on one of the nineteen steps leading down from the street. Like dominoes, people started falling on top of one another. In the end, 173 people died. Bombs didn’t kill them, fear did! Today there’s a stampede of fear around us, and if you’re not careful you’ll get caught up in it. It’s okay to recognize danger, but God doesn’t want you to be overwhelmed by it. So you need to monitor what you listen to, think and say.
The disciples needed a rock to stand on in the coming storm. Jesus had just told them how bad things were going to get in the world and the extent to which they would suffer. He announced He was leaving, and told them He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them. John chapter 16 ends with these words: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” No matter what the situation, Jesus is on top of it. No matter what trial you face, Jesus will bring you through it. Though surrounded by fear and the fearful, you will have His peace. And that stabilizing peace will fortify you and cause others to turn to you for answers.
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