by C.A. Phillips
32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33 (ESV)
There was a time when even Jesus’ closest friends were in upheaval. It was an unsettling time, as Jesus was preparing for the journey to the cross, and the disciples were having a tough time coming to grips with all that meant – not just for Jesus, but for them!
These days, many of us have been “scattered, each to his own home” because of this pandemic. But, I want you to take comfort in Jesus’s words: (1) he said he was not alone because His Father was with him; and (2), he told his dear friends to take heart, for he has overcome the world.
Our ultimate hope can be found in this two things: the Father’s presence, and that Jesus has already come out on top – even as we endure COVID-19.
I don’t know what you and your family are going through right now, but it’s likely we are all feeling the same thing on some level: disconnected, perhaps a bit lonely, a tad disjointed, and certainly uncomfortable given all we have been facing.
I hope today that you’ll take heart! Lean into our Savior and feel His presence, knowing He is sovereign, and believing He is a personal God who cares deeply for you and everything you are facing.
C.A. Phillips is a lifelong sports enthusiast and youth baseball coach, and currently serves as the Communications Pastor and Director of Men’s Groups at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga. He lives in Kennesaw with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Chaz and Chandler.
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