Tribulation—Dealing With It

“In the world you shall have tribulation(John 16:33).

What is Tribulation?

  • Something frustrating or difficult to understand and deal with.  It can be short-term or long-term.

What causes Tribulation?

  • Oppression, depression, possession, or persecution.  Tribulation results from the death of someone close to us, divorce, losing contact with loved ones, sickness, injury, abuse, being neglected, and financial problems.
  • The major cause of tribulation is sin, which is rebellion against God, shutting Him completely out of one’s life, and exercising one’s self-will.  A person’s sin affects not only them but others also.
  • For the Christian, tribulation often results because Jesus has chosen us and separated us from the world.  He said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:18-20).

What is the result of Tribulation?

  • It causes one to be aggravated, annoyed, irritated, or mad.  It decreases performance.  It can cause problems in relationships.

“Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

In Me you can have peace” (John 16:33).

  • He has overcome the world before us, and for us, that we can do the same.
  • As Christians, He abides in us, but we need to abide in Him.  “For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.  The one who overcomes the world is he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5).  During tribulation we must exercise faith in God.
  • “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).  He has left His peace with us and gives it to us.  We receive it by faith.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace” (John 16:33).

  • During tribulation we need to be engaged with the word of God.