We live in a world that strives to make things easier. We have machines that process, plant, pick, prepare, produce, and even purchase on our behalf. Tasks and chores, once done daily by our great-grandparents, are now mechanized, all in the name of efficiency.
While I can appreciate not using a washboard every time I want to wash my clothes, or heating water on a fire-fed stove for bathing, there is something about the idea of hard work and struggle that I appreciate. When I work for something, I am reminded of the sweetness in the reward.
With my home is various stages of restoration and updating, I can appreciate running water, electricity, and washing machines. Over the past months I have had to do without all of these things. I have a washboard that I have used to wash clothes, a clothesline on which to dry them. I have heated water for washing dishes, etc. It has been inconvenient, but it has not been overwhelming. I have expected the inconveniences. It is part of the process.
I think that is why Jesus remind’s us in John 16:33, In this world you will have trouble.
In other words, there will be struggles, there will be difficulties. We will never live in a world of complete convenience– the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty.
We are in between Eden and Heaven.
We are in a fallen world. The enemy is still battling the Victor and there will be trauma. There will be struggle, loss, discouragement. We cannot avoid them, no matter how convenient we want to make things. Jesus knows that there are sorrows on this side of Heaven. That is why He said in John 16:33, But take heart! I have overcome the world.
The problems we face or even want to ignore, can feel like they will never go away. In the middle of it all, there is a way to find peace and keep it. We turn to Jesus, who said in the beginning of John 16:33, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. No matter what, every time. Our peace, our lasting peace, will only come through the power of the Holy Spirit, the very Lamb of God.
He promises, Never will I leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5b). If I have to choose between convenience or deepening my walk and relationship with Christ, I will pick Christ.