Sometimes I feel smothered by the evil and pain in this world.
The darkness is all around. Violence. Horrible accidents. Corruption of all kinds. We hear it on the news. We see it in our own lives and in the stories we hear from many others. It's enough to discourage even believers. If we let it.
But Christians have hope that no one else possesses ... because we know the darkness has already lost.
Jesus said this shortly before His death: "These things I have
spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall
have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
In His life, His death, and His resurrection, Jesus conquered the powers of evil.
The darkness is still in this world. It is still around us and will trouble us, and yes, we will likely be discouraged by it at times.
But Christians don't have to live that way. We can have peace, because our Lord said so. We can be of good cheer, because He told us to be.
Light has won. Darkness is defeated.
Peace is ours.