In this world you will have trouble. (John 16:33)
It's sort of interesting that as soon as evil is displayed on the evening news or we suffer our own personal trouble, this is the promise from Jesus that first comes to mind. We as weak human beings use it as almost an excuse for whatever is going on. We say to one another, "Oh well, you know what Jesus said, 'In this world, you will have trouble'." It's almost like we're ready to cross stitch this part of the verse on a pillow.
What a wimpy attitude. Talk about the wrong kind of spirit of surrender. We're told to surrender to Christ, not the world! So this is where we need to stop picking out trite phrases and see the entire verse. We are missing out on peace and power. The entire verse says, “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.”
Prior to this verse, Jesus is telling His disciples that He is about to leave them. He is about to face evil once and for all and leave them. That soon He will be in heaven and they will not have Him but that they are about to embark on a new journey. They will be persecuted for their faith. It was a forshadowing and it was confusing to them. He even sums it up by saying He could share more but they can't handle the truth. They didn't understand and He finishes with an encouragement...I'm warning you so you can have peace! Take Heart! There's going to be trouble but I've already overcmme it!
What if instead of meeting someone's bad news with "Oh well, you know what they say? We will have trouble here." we meet adversity with, "Take heart! Have peace! Jesus sees you, He already knew this would happen and He has overcome!" And after making that declaration of the Word and God's promises, we pray and ask for His help. The only help worth asking for.
It's important to look at God's Word in its entirety. God's word is mighty and living and active - it is just as relevant to our lives right now. His word is a sharp, two edged sword but it is often dulled by our limited vision. We must not focus on the world and its troubles we need to always remember that love wins.