Guest Post – In This World, You Will Have Trouble!

Welcome Chris Patton from Christian Faith at Work for our guest post today. Chris’ blog is “not as much about how to be a Christian in business, but more about how to run a Christian business.” After reading today’s post, take a minute to learn more about Chris and his inspiring story. You won’t regret taking the time to do so! I know Chris’ blog (and of course his post for us today too) will bless you as much as it does me!

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In This World, You Will Have Trouble!

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in John 16. Jesus and the disciples have just finished the Last Supper. Jesus is soon to be arrested. In between these two major events, He is teaching the disciples some of His most critical lessons. He knows He is near the end and I feel the intensity is climbing. Then He says it…

“In this world, you will have trouble.” – John 16:33

What Is Wrong With Me?

Am I sick or out of my mind? Why in the world would I see that as one of my favorite verses? I must be missing a screw somewhere, right? Wrong. Maybe I am very different from you, but I want to know the truth. I want to know what to expect. I don’t want it candy-coated.

Shoot Straight With Me!

When I was a kid and I asked if it would hurt when the nurse gave me a shot, I wanted to hear the truth. I wanted to be able to prepare for the pain. I did not want someone to tell me, “No, dear. This will not hurt at all.” I knew I would see stars. I just wanted someone to shoot straight with me!

I am not that crazy about surprises…at least not bad ones. I can handle surprise birthday parties or even, “Surprise, your wife is pregnant…with twins!” Those are good surprises and I can roll with that.

What I do not want is to be lulled into a false sense of security, thinking everything is okay. I do not want to be told that if I will just follow Jesus, then all of my problems will go away! I do not want to hear another preacher tell me that I simply need to pray this prayer and my financial struggles will disappear.

Jesus Is Clear

This is why I love these words of Jesus. He was straight with the disciples. He wanted them to know clearly that He was leaving them in a broken world and that trouble was a given. He did not want them relaxed or letting their guards down. Instead, Jesus wanted them to be prepared for what the world would soon throw at them.

Folks, Jesus wants us to know the same thing. In this world, we will have trouble. We will struggle. We will not breeze through this life simply because of our relationship with Jesus. In fact, as he says, the world will hate us. That hate will bring struggle. Please know this and do not be naive.

So Now What?

So, now that we agree that we will face trouble in this life, what are we to do to survive it? How do we prepare for these struggles and trials? How do we make sure we are not tempted to throw in the towel and drift away from God’s plans for us when life hits us in the face?

I believe the key to surviving the trouble that life will throw at us is to have the right foundation. If our view of the world is not based on a solid foundation of faith, then we will suffer significant damage when the storms roll through. With the right foundation, not only will we survive with minimal damage to our faith and our walk, but we will also be stronger for the next fight!

Foundational Truths

I think the foundation for our Christian walk can be boiled down into four truths. If you can internalize these four truths, then I believe God can accomplish great things through you. Internalizing these four truths will not eliminate opposition, rejection, struggle, or failure. In fact, I guarantee you will experience one or more of these issues in the process. At the same time, the final results will be greater than anything you could have accomplished or experienced outside of these truths.

  1. I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  2. God has a plan and purpose for my life. (Psalm 139:13-16, Ephesians 2:10)
  3. God is good. (Mark 10:18)
  4. Therefore the plan and purpose God has for me is ultimately good. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Your Part

I urge you to memorize these four truths and the related Scripture. Internalize them in a way that, when you are squeezed, these come out. Repeat them to yourself when the storm is raging. Pray that God would show His faithfulness in ways that reinforce these truths in your heart.

And, last of all, commit my favorite verse to memory as well. But when you do, don’t forget the last part!

“In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

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Be sure to check out Chris’ blog! Here are three of my favorite posts from Christian Faith at Work.

Solomon’s 8 Steps for Discovering God’s Will

Why You Might Not Like Tim Tebow

Warning! Your Foundation May Be Defective

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11 thoughts on “Guest Post – In This World, You Will Have Trouble!

  1. Everyone should check out Chris's blog – it's great!
    None of us want to contemplate tragedy or pain. We want to enjoy the good times and deal with the bad when they come. But the wisdom of scripture tells us to build our house on the solid rock before the storms hit. It's wise to think about – and to prepare for – trouble before it hits. That helps us to conquer and persevere.

    • We definitely need to know our convictions and have our energy (spiritual & physical) at its best for when storms hit because they will hit at som epoint. Conquer and persevere… and have victory too!

  2. I commented on another blog about struggling with bad things that happen. I agree totally I want to be dealt with in a straight forward manner with the truth laid out. At times knowing that struggle will happen I still want to know why. I realize even if I knew that struggle will happen and even if I knew the why I most likely would want to know why now, why me, why this or why that: knowing the whys really is not what I need. I need to trust that regardless of the struggles and the whys that God loves me and has my best interest in mind and has my back. That is what I need to concentrate on instead of desiring to know why something is happening, why now, why me and endless other whys…

    • The Holy Spirit has been showing me lately that I won't always know why, but I still need to obey and focus on God. And I think your reason is a good one, the train of "why" never really ends.

    • Mark, you are dead on! We need to read a little of Job – toward the end when God is really letting him have it – when we start feeling the need to know all of the why's! It is certainly natural to want to know, but your advice is what we need to follow…remember God loves us and has our best interests in mind. If we can rest there, the sleep is sweet!

    • Yeah, kind of like those ones you get caught waiting for when you're in hurry or runing late. They don't seem as undending when you're not in a hurry or running late, do they?

  3. Kari recommended a movie, "7 Days in Utopia," and I watched yesterday. It has a line in it that seems consistent with your theme–"Tell me the truth!" Johnny, the older man, says to Luke, the young golfing talent, "I have a respect for tradition but I have a passion for the truth." Glad to see you guesting here, Chris. Good post.

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