JN 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 this passage simply because Jesus let's his followers know that troubles are guaranteed (not promised) for no particular reason (not for character building or testing etc) other than we are of this world and have to live in it. So being robbed or living through Hurricane Katrina are not judgement by some vindictive deity but rather just part and parcel of life on this planet. Whilst this sounds a touch depressing, there is a silver lining; Jesus has overcome this world and so we have NOTHING to fear! Simple as that!
Posted as part of a feature being run by the lovely folk over at Missionary-Blogs (check out their South Africa link)