1 John 4;4 ''You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.''
We can see suffering and overcoming in others all around us. What is the difference? A sense of hope, for better things to come and a better tomorrow.
I was downtown about a week ago near the library. As we drove by, we saw three homeless men sitting together. My first reaction was judgemental because they were all smoking. I thought how could they afford such an expensive habit and yet not afford basic necessities. I pondered their lack of hope in their lives and wondered whether I might too seek temporary relief to ease my distress. I really don't know if I could break the cycle, if I were homeless and without hope.
Ministry to the lost and homeless is all about telling them about true hope found in God. The burden of suffering eases when you know you aren't alone. The strength to overcome your trials is driven by your belief in One who is greater than anything in this world.
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.” What a comforting verse for us all in our times of trouble. Don't let the world steal your joy and hope.