January 12–In this world…and in cyberspace…you will have trouble!

In this world…and in cyberspace…you will have trouble! But! That’s not the end of the story…nor the end of our peace! Thanks be to Jesus!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33  

Well! I’m hoping today’s devotional will get posted before the end of the day today! But, it may not! Our server had to be changed…so right now my cyberspace capabilities are at an all time low…even for me! My personal email and TBG office email are completely down AND our website (right now) has a lot of weird symbols and non-sensical things going on throughout all of the written material and showing up where they just have no right to be!

Now I, personally, consider myself to be a pretty “low-maintenance” woman…and graciously and lovingly, so does my husband Tim. Okay! Now here comes that word: HOWEVER!

HOWEVER, for some bizarre reason—maybe the electro-magnetic field that I give off…I don’t know!—I have more than the usual problems with websites, emails, copiers and printers. And even elevators that are activated by an electro-magnetic sensor instead of a push button!!

It’s true—I just spent a week in Israel where our room was on the 7th floor of our hotel, and I could only use the elevators if someone else was there to call it for me!!! I could NEVER get the elevators to operate for me no matter how many times I touched, rubbed (or punched!) the darn electro-magnetic sensor! A few times NO ONE was around to call the elevator for me, so I got some extra (and very necessary) exercise by stomping walking up and down the stairs!

Obviously, if you’re reading this, then this devotional was able to post! Glory be to the God of all creation…cyberspace included!

Jesus made it so clear—and each of our own experiences in life testify to the truth of His words: “In this world you will have trouble.” We have no choice about that. Sometimes those troubles come in traumatic and destructive ways. Sometimes those troubles come in irritating frustrations.

No matter how those troubles come into our world, we must remember the anectdotal truth that Jesus also declares: “In Me you may have peace…take heart! I have overcome the world!” And then we need to choose His peace that comes by putting our faith fully in His victory over sin and death—in His overcoming this world!! Including cyberspace!

So! Let’s choose to be thankful! Let’s choose the peace of Jesus! Always in All Circumstances! Amen!

In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane