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August 18, 2015

by John Cook

In the hours before His trial and crucifixion, Jesus tells His disciples, “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, NIV 2011).

We all go through difficult times. Residency amplifies the trials we face. As we spiritually, emotionally and physically devote ourselves to our patients and colleagues, we can be met with responses and outcomes that are completely opposite of what our heart desires. It can be very wearisome at times.

Recently, our church has been reading through the life of Joseph. I was reminded that Joseph’s hardships were all meant for good in the end. Each time Joseph was knocked down, he found favor and was raised up; however, he was still captive in a foreign land.  Joseph had years of trials before being restored and ultimately saving a nation through the vision and position God gave him. 

As you encounter trials and troubles, remember to take on God’s yoke and allow Him to bear your burden. Take heart that He has overcome the world. Remember God’s faithfulness in Joseph’s life when he tells His brothers, “what you meant for evil, God intended for good.” God does not promise us an avoidance of trouble. In fact, it is quite the opposite; we will have trouble. He will give you deliverance in the trials, not deliverance from them. So as you deal with death, patient dissatisfaction and academic pressures, remember that He has overcome the world and take joy in Him.

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