1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
-There are two very important truths at work in this verse of scripture. In the latter part of the verse, Jesus tells us that we never want to act in a manner that would bring offense to those around us. While that is very important, I want to focus on the beginning of this verse- “It is impossible but that offences will come.” So often in life we react badly when circumstances turn against us or when people turn against us because so often we are caught off guard by that very notion. It inevitably comes as a surprise that things can get as bad as they do. Why is that? We certainly didn’t get such an idea from the Lord; He plainly tells us not that we “might” be offended, but that we “will” be offended. We should enter into our days expecting things to go wrong and then when they do go wrong, we should be surprised that things didn’t go more wrong than they did. I know that may sound cynical, but consider that this sin-sick world is an offensive place. To live in such a place and not expect to be offended would be foolish and for the Lord not to tell us so would be dishonest. We may not be able to put confidence in the world, but we can always put confidence in Him. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)