As my wedding day drew near I sought the Lord more and more about our future as man and wife.  I pressed into God for a guarantee of some sort that my marriage was going to be great, with no major upheavals.  I thought that since I had waited on God in purity for these 38 years, then surely he would reward me by giving me some kind of guarantee of a happy marriage. 

As I continued to pray, a jolting realization hit me: I was about to get married to a man I would not really get to know until we were living together. A man who had a free will and who could choose to remain with me for the duration of the marriage until death, or could choose to leave along the way.  I had no control over what he did.  I had no control over what the future held.  I had no control over anything.  It suddenly felt like a huge gamble.

I had one assurance though, that I was in the will of God.  That this marriage was ordained by God.  That gave me comfort.  In a split second the Lord spoke to my heart from John 16:33, “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.” The only guarantee is that life’s challenges will come.  As long as we are in this world trouble will show its face.  But because we are forewarned, we can have peace in the midst of trouble knowing that because Christ overcame, we shall overcome also.

He spoke into my heart again another assurance.  He had joined us together as husband and wife, and whatever challenges were ahead of us, both in life generally and in the marriage, we had the full capacity to handle.  So when challenges come I usually dig my heels in and say, “I can handle this.  It shall not defeat me. God knew it was in my future and I have the capacity to deal with it.”

So be encouraged when trouble comes.  God foresaw it and knew that you could handle it.  You are equipped for it.  You have the patience to get by, the wisdom to handle it, the fortitude to outlast the devil, and the fight to wage war and come out victorious.  Don’t lose your peace in the storm.  Jesus overcame, you shall too.  This too shall pass.