“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Jesus Christ foretold tribulation; He conveyed His message with a clarion voice to the saints in all ages- ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation’, and the Apostle Paul continually warns us that we have no right to settle on our lees. ‘For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.’ (I Thessalonians 3:4) Tribulation means being thronged by severe affliction and trouble; that is what the saints are to expect in this dispensation and not be astonished when it comes. God allows tribulation and anguish to come right to the threshold of our lives in order to prove to us that His life in us is more than a match for all that is against us. When we see the awfulness of evil in this world we imagine there is no room for anything but the devil and wrong; but this is not so. God restrains the powers of evil. How does He do it? Through the lives of the saints who are pushing the battle everywhere their feet are placed. The devil tackles on the right hand and on the left but they are more than conquerors, they not only go through the tribulation, but are ‘exceeding joyful’ in it.”
Oswald Chamber, “The Servant as His Lord” p. 11 and 12.