29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:29-33

Think for a moment about why Jesus spoke these words to His disciples. As a leader of men, Jesus understood the big picture and knew what His men needed to hear. Those disciples were about to face challenging times. We have the luxury of knowing the outcome, but at this moment of address, these men did not anticipate what lay ahead of them. Great leaders are aware of rising tension, but leverage the big picture to encourage those around them. 

Billy Graham said it this way, "I have read the last page of the Bible.  It’s all going to turn out all right.” It is important, even crucial, to attend to troubling circumstances as a leader. Jesus noted this with His men and didn't sugar coat it. The next thing He did is a best practice all men should pay attention to. He knew and boldly stated why they should have courage. When trials creep into life, attend to them but do not focus on them. Start reminding yourself and those around you of the victory to come. 

DO THIS TODAY: Boldly speak the good news in the face of trials.


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