I'm going to share with you, what I think, is one of the most HOPE filled Scriptures of the Bible:
"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
In this Scripture, Jesus is sharing that He has overcome this world. When we are seeing suffering in this world or when we ourselves are suffering, we can know that Jesus is in control. For me knowing this does exactly what Jesus commands us to do here - be courageous! If I thought I was in control of everything, I would be overwhelmed and, quite frankly, lost. Knowing I don't have to figure it all out gives me so much HOPE and courage. I'm so thankful that I don't have to depend on myself!