In John 16:33, Jesus said to the disciples, “In this world you will have trouble.” Now that is not very encouraging! We work hard. We try to do everything we can to have a life of peace and pleasure for our families, and we do have many good times. But somehow trouble has its ways of breaking in. Maybe it is physical; bodies do break down. Maybe it is financial; money gets tight. Maybe it is family; we can’t control the choices of those around us. Maybe it is opposition to the message we try to share, or the life we try to live in Christ. Jesus’ words are true. In this fallen world, trouble touches us all. But that wasn’t the end of His comment. He said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” In that simple sentence we are assured of His presence and strength in all of our times of need. He has promised never to leave of forsake us, and we have found that true and sufficient for each day. Know that He is your strength today.