Minute in the Word
“God Will Get You Through”
A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’?Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
(John 16:16–24 ESV)
Every time we read John 13-17, we can come away with a new-found appreciation for the depth of emotion that was being experienced by the disciples in those final moments before Jesus' arrest. Now at the end Jesus tries, in the best way possible, to comfort the disciples and prepare them emotionally for what is about to happen. They were about to experience the most incredible low - as Jesus would be crucified. But yet, as they endured the pain - there was hope. Beyond the dark events ahead of them, there would be times of joy. Today, if you are experiencing rough times, filled with worry and anxiety - know that what you are experiencing is only temporary. Know that because of your relationship in Christ, that He is with you all the way. You are never alone. God will get you through. Do you trust Him?