In my Monday post I used a simple little phrase–It’s going to be okay. I wrote that on Friday. Then on Sunday, my pastor used it, too. He talked about Jesus showing up in the upper room after his resurrection. He suggested one reason Jesus appeared in person to these scared, grieving, uncertain souls was to reassure them he was powerful and in control and that it would all be okay.
In my Monday post, I used the term in the context of writing. If my writing career tanks (okay, if it never takes off; let’s be honest about a few things here!), God still loves me. My failure will never put God’s plan to love me in jeopardy. It will be okay.
The next context was Jerusalem a couple thousand years ago. Jesus was dead. His followers had wasted three years following a guy who didn’t amount to much. They had no idea what to do next. Then there he was, showing them his hands and his side. The rabbi was back, only he was more than a rabbi. Everything he said was true, yet much bigger and better than they realized. The plan was never in jeopardy. It would be okay.
I think the world is a little bit scary right now. People who love God in this world are being burned alive, beheaded, fined, exiled, slandered, and more, and it’s scary. But the big plan? Never in jeopardy. He’s got this. He beat death. It’s going to be okay.
Right now, this post is under five hundred words. That’s short. But I want to stop here. Jesus won. The plan stands. Nothing can ever upset it. He’s in control of all of it. Everything. Whatever happens here, whatever hardship comes along, whatever Satan’s new tactics, there is a plan for a future, a plan where all this falls away, a plan where wrong is made right. The outcome of every battle is the same. Jesus wins.
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
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them (false prophets, evil spirits), because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4,5
He has overcome. We will overcome. Sit with that a while this week. Breathe it in and let it fill your spirit with comfort and rest. It’s all going to be okay.