COMFORTING TROUBLED HEARTS

Scripture Reading:  John 14:1-7

“Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in Me.”  (John 14:1)

Imagine that we are with Jesus in the upper room on the night in which He was to be betrayed, the night before He faced the agony of the cross.  Jesus said to His disciples:  “Little children, yet a little while I am with you.  You will seek Me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, Where I am going you cannot come” (John 13:33).  I am sure that the disciples were perplexed.  Surely their hearts were deeply troubled by these words of Jesus.  What did Jesus mean by these words?  What did it mean for them?  What would their future be?  Where was Jesus going?  Why was He leaving them?  The disciples were confused, perplexed, anxious, and troubled.

Can’t you relate to the disciples?  Don’t we also face times of fear, uncertainty, insecurity, confusion, etc.?  We too have troubled hearts at times.  We get perplexed and uncertain about the future.  We become overwhelmed with anxiety and perhaps fear.  We feel insecure and confused.  There are things that happen to us that we do not understand.

It was in the context of the disciples whose hearts were deeply troubled that Jesus brought these words of comfort:  “Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in Me.”  But also remember what Jesus was facing.  He knew Judas was soon to betray Him (John 13:21).  Jesus was “troubled in His spirit” because of this.  Jesus also knew that He faced suffering, the crucifixion, and death.  Yet, He comforted those whom He loved dearly.  And He comforts us when our hearts are troubled!

When we have troubled hearts, Jesus calls us to faith; He calls us to trust Him.  Jesus can be trusted fully.  His words are sure and steadfast.  The only way troubled hearts can be comforted is to believe that Jesus controls our destinies.  He is in charge of our lives and He will sustain us to the end.  We are in the palm of His hand and no one can snatch us away from it (John 10:28).  We must rest in His tender care and know that He will carry us through our times of difficulty and pain.  He will deliver us!

Lord Jesus, there are times when my heart becomes deeply troubled.  I lose my perspective.  I concentrate on the troubles and uncertainties that I am  facing rather than keeping my eyes on You.  I get anxious and overly concerned.  Let me remember that You hold me in the palm of Your powerful hand.  I am safe and secure because You love me and You have promised to sustain me.

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