Whatever you make of the specifics of this passage, the main message is clear. Though we suffer now, and though our present world is subject to great evil, one day all things will be set right.
In just three days we will celebrate Christmas. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus, the one who came to end the rule of Satan and put the powers of evil to flight. There is hope for the world and hope for us as well.
There are lots of people in the world who have lost their hope. There are lots of people who have placed their hope in that which does not save, and they have been or will be bitterly disappointed.
May we not be among them. May we be the most positive and joyful people on the face of this earth, resolutely resisting discouragement and complaint. May we remember where our hope lies, be deeply and profoundly encouraged by it, and share that hope freely with every one we meet.