“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33, NLT)
“The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different.
If you are a child of God, you will certainly encounter adversities, but Jesus says you should not be surprised when they come.
God does not give us overcoming life – He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength … God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only strain for the moment … a saint can “be of good cheer” even when seemingly defeated by adversities, because victory is absurdly impossible to everyone but God.”
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 2)