Day 7, November 11, 2018 John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (NASB)
This is the end of the week’s theme of Loneliness. I want to meet the man who inspired the name behind “Murphy’s Law.” Today’s verse sort of has the same flavor: in the world we will have tribulation. But it also teaches us to take courage because Christ has overcome the world. We may not think a man is lonely if he’s married with children, has a good job, or is involved in a local church. But with all those people around, men can still be lonely. The tribulations of the world can cause a man to become isolated. The key to Murphy’s Law, or the tribulations we face, is to keep the peace of Christ in our lives. Knowing that Christ has already overcome whatever you face is a greatest encouragement, right? My dad used to take his outboard motor to a guy named Jeff. When we entered Jeff’s shop, there was usually a line of men with problems standing at the counter. Jeff would take each one, slowly and calmly, never letting the situations get control over him. The key of course was that he had peace. A peace the guys with their broken motors didn’t seem to understand. We can overcome all things in the peace of Christ. That includes the loneliness of life, we just need to take courage in Christ!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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