I've posted before on my favourite verse and it remains my favourite.
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".
I love the simplicity and the matter of factness about this verse. In this world you will have trouble. Not you might have trouble but you will have trouble. I always think of the verse when the age old discussion about why bad things happen to good people debate. Quite simply it's not about bad things happening to good people but rather just the simple fact that in this world you/we/me will have trouble. End of.
However, Jesus then goes on to encourage his disciples with one of the most amazing promises: "But take heart! I have overcome the world". Regardless of what may come our way, Jesus has already overcome and we can draw strength to face the challenges that come our way.
The Christian faith is no guarantee of an easy or quiet life, in fact it should be quite the opposite looking at the things Jesus and his disciples taught. But regardless of whether it's raining or the sun is shining the simple truth of John 16:33 remains undimmed. God is awesome!
This post is part of a series in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, April 2013.
Another stunning flower in our garden. No idea what this is but it's simply gorgeous!