Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | May 7, 2009

Times of tribulation

As a parent, are you ever frustrated by the evil that surrounds us? It seems like everywhere you turn there are messages being sent to our children that are against everything we have been taught as believers of Christ.

In the classes I mentioned in my last two posts, I remember the teacher explaining that a sign of spiritual maturity is when you become more dependent on God. In a world that pushes independence and talking care of yourself first, the idea of being dependent on God is counter-culture.

When the world seems filled with sadness, pain, evil, and all of the things brought into it by sin, it can seem so stifling. So when our “great prayers of the bible” class focused on the book of John, I was comforted by the words of Jesus in John 16:33, I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus gives his message of hope to us with these words. Even when things seem crazy in the world around us, He is there as our comfort. And Jesus didn’t stop there with His reassurance. Later, in John 17:15b, He prayed to God on behalf of us. He asked God to protect us from the evil one. Again, as Jesus was about to face the day of His death, He was thinking of others…He was thinking of you.

God, as the ultimate parent, hates evil. Who could be better to fight evil for us than God? Jesus knew that in His prayer, and He taught us through His prayer to look to God, our Father, in our own times of tribulation.

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