In this world we will face all kinds of obstacles, trials and tribulations and we should be wary of any doctrines or teachings that say we shouldn’t have to face these things.
Because the Lord said we will have tribulations.
So the encouragement He is giving is simply this: You’re going to face trials, but God is greater than any problem you will face in this world!
As problems present themselves, we should face them in the power of God and overcome them with Him because every problem is an opportunity to exhibit the love and power of God in our lives. And it’s often through these situations that the world gets our true testimony as believers in Him!
So, lift up your head, and don’t expect “no obstacles” in this life.
Continue looking up, and be filled with His joy, because the Lord has already overcome this world and our problems, and we will experience that when we simply give them over to 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
–by George Whitten