Encouragement for your daily walk with God
A Christ follower knows that there is more than one way to cure a troubled heart. The inherited PEACE of Christ is one way. (See yesterday’s eDevotion “Wonderful Peace”). There is also a matter of TRUST—trust in God and in Christ.
Christ knew His disciples were about to enter the greatest turmoil of their lives. First, they would be separated from Christ by His crucifixion, and then He would leave them to return to His Father after His resurrection. The circumstances surrounding their lives were about to be turned upside down. But He also knew the answer to their anxieties. He knows about our troubled hearts, our frightful hearts, our distraught, disturbed, and distressed hearts too. The cure for the disciples’ hearts is the same for ours; “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
I am drawn to the first three words, “Do not let…” The disciples were capable of doing something about their problem—their troubled hearts. They held one key to be released from “heart trouble.” They could either let it happen or not let it happen. They could let their hearts be troubled by trusting in the destructive power of their circumstances, or not let it happen by trusting in God and in His Son.
The disciples learned to “trust in God,” the One who is still in control, who has infinite wisdom, unlimited power, and limitless love. And “trust also in me,” Jesus said, the one who would remain with them (by the Spirit of God) to the end of the age. That is the secret.
The disciples and each one of us can face the unknown with complete confidence. And we can do it in peace…if we choose not to have troubled hearts.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)