Five Points Blog
- Brett Toney
- Jun 23, 2012
In John 16:33, Jesus says, “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.” If there is anything certain for us—whether or not you’re a follower of Jesus—it is that we will endure suffering. There are a seemingly unending number of solutions out there for how we can handle suffering: drugs, meditation, work, alcohol, escapism, capitalism, socialism, religion … . But we are given the solution, the answer:
Jesus has overcome it all.
That isn’t just some “church answer.” It’s true. But what does that look like? How does that change how we live? This Sunday morning we’ll be looking back to the prophet Habakkuk to see what the life of faith in God looks like in the face of suffering. The Bible doesn’t offer platitudes when it comes to suffering. Instead, it faces it head on, acknowledging the pain and sorrow and hardship. Habakkuk provides us with an example of what it looks like to cling to the promises of God, knowing they are enough in the midst of suffering.
You can always find shelter in the Lord against the storm, and in fact, in him is the only sure place we can turn. So let’s run to him, where we find joy in the sovereignty of God over suffering, and let us confidently and joyfully say, “When sorrows like sea billows roll, it is well with my soul.”