John 16:33b “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I once went hiking with a friend along a mountain river, but storms had swelled the streams and the paths were more dangerous than usual. At one point, after climbing up a short rock face, we found ourselves atop a falls alongside a swift current. We began to walk across until, about halfway, my foot slipped and I started to slide toward the falls. Amidst inner panic, I noticed a boulder just barely within reach and quickly seized the rock with my fingers. With God’s help, and with every inch of strength I could muster, I pulled myself up through the opposing current and back to my feet. Now, whenever I hear Jesus say, “Take Heart,” I effectively hear Him say, “Hold fast to Me with all you’ve got!”
Friend, don’t let those currents of despair sweep you down today. Grasp the Rock of Ages instead!