Many of us would like to have an easy button. When pressed, it simply says, “That was easy!” We all know that the past year has been anything but easy with COVID, shutdowns and people struggling in general to make it through this pandemic. Well, I can’t offer you an easy button … because the reality is that things in life are not easy. What I can offer you is what has helped me get through this past year and that is the promises of Scripture.
Jesus knew that life would not be easy, that there would be days we’d want to quit and throw in the towel, days we’d be given to despair, fear and even doubt. In those not so easy days, He wanted us to know the truth about our situation. He said, “The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:32-33)
If that doesn’t describe our situation in many ways during this past year, I don’t know what does. We have been scattered each one to our homes at times leaving the Lord, the church and the faith behind to deal with the not-so-easy situations we have faced. Jesus reminds us that in the world we face persecution and that persecution clearly comes in many forms, including a pandemic. But He also tells us that we should take courage when the world comes against us because He has already conquered the world!
This might not be an easy button, but it is as close as it gets to one. Every time we feel beaten down by a situation, we need to remember that Jesus has already overcome the world. That His life is our life, that His grace is our grace, and that because of Him we can have peace.
When Jesus was raised from the dead He said to His disciples, “Peace be with you.” Today, you might not have an easy button, but you do have a peace button. It is the reassurance that Jesus is with you, that He’ll never leave you or forsake you, and that when you feel yourself running out of peace you can go back to the Prince of Peace for more. Never forget you serve the One who has conquered the world!
-By Pastor Miguel