“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14:1 HCSB)
As the time grew near for Jesus to be crucified, His disciples grew more and more concerned that they would be left alone. All of a sudden, after following Jesus faithfully for three years, they are facing His departure. They didn’t know what would become of them since their master and friend would no longer be with them to teach them and show them what to do. Jesus knew this, and beginning in today’s verse of Scripture, He delivers to them one of the greatest messages, ever. It is a message of hope and joy, not only for them, but for all of us today.
How many of us are feeling that Jesus is far away from us? If we are Christians and feel that way, it’s because we walked away from Him, not Him from us. Sadly, many of us Christians live as if Jesus is a liar, even though we know He is not. Let’s let today’s verse remind us of where, and in whom, we must put our faith.
- “Your heart must not be troubled.” – Jesus is telling us not to let our hearts be troubled because there is Someone whom we can count on, Someone who will never betray us, Someone who will never leave us, nor forsake us, Someone who already knows and feels what we’re going through. There is Someone who loves us unconditionally, no matter how bad we may think we are, or have been, Someone who will cary us through our hardest, loneliest, and most painful times.
- “Believe in God;” – the God of the Old Testament delivered the Israelites from their Egyptian captors. Then, as they spent forty years traveling through the dessert to the land He had promised them, He protected them from all those who tried to destroy them, and through miracles, He supplied their every need.
- “believe also in Me.” – Jesus reveals to them that He is that very same God, only in the flesh (John 1:14). Therefore, they should put all their faith and trust in Him, as they did in the God that they had always heard about. God did not forsake their ancestors, Jesus would not forsake them, nor will He forsake us today.
Now, here’s what Jesus wants us to believe and never forget, because this is our hope and our unspeakable joy:
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going (John 14:2-4 HCSB).”
Jesus did not leave us as orphans, He promised the He would return for us so that where He is, right now, we will also. In the mean time, we are not to throw our hands up and give up. On the contrary, we are to, by faith in Him and His Word, persevere in faith until He returns for us.
“But the one who endures to the end will be delivered (Matthew 24:13 HCSB).”
Difficult circumstances are not evidence of God’s absence, but an opportunity to demonstrate our faith in His promises. Is your heart troubled? Do you want peace and joy? Let me know in a comment below.
In Christ’s love,