“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.’ John 14:1 (NIV)
There are many mighty verses in the Bible. Of some, it could even be said that they sum up our whole experience as believers in God. One such text is this. Perhaps we have read it before. Perhaps it is one of our favorites. Perhaps we have heard many a preacher elaborate upon it and build their message upon it. There is much good and it lifts our spirit to let these words filter down over our conscious thoughts. Perhaps this text gives us strength in difficult times. It may have formed a part of the foundation of our faith. But what is it doing for us now?
It would be inconsiderate to say that one should not feel the weight of the pain and affliction which we all face each day. We are human. The world we live in and the lives we lead bring us a lot of struggles. Yet Jesus tells us in short that we should not give in to the tendency of our race. He asks us not to allow our hearts to get weighted down. The solution: Trust! Trust in God. Trust in Jesus! He asks us to give up one thing for the Other! Is this what we do? Are we doing it now? Is it the first reaction we have when life throws us a low blow?
Jesus knows that we are human. He came to us out of His concern for us. He came to our race because God in Heaven loves us. He made us and cares for us. He is not asking us to stop being human. He is asking that we look to Him. He is asking that we do not try to go through our walk alone. There is much we make out of our religion. But when it is all said and done, all that we have accomplished is either walk looking to Him or walk looking to ourselves.
Call it a command. Call it instruction. Call it an encouragement. Call it whatever you want. But this text is a great and unfathomably helpful gift. The same Christ that paid with His Own life to bring this message to us is still holding it out for us today! Can we see the benefit in taking His council? He asks us to take our eyes off of our woes. He asks us to look for Him. He asks us not to trust what we see. He asks us not to concentrate on the pain and the stress. He asks us to accept the blessed relief of relying upon Him. He asks us to look to Him to provide us the strength and will to persevere. He asks us to let Him take care of whatever it is. He asks us to trust in God regardless of what is happening in the world around us! Can we trust Him to show us how? Can we trust the One Who gave His life for us? Can we trust Him with our worries no matter how big or small? Can We find trust in Jesus? Can we do this even now?
We hear Your call. We hear Your encouragement. We hear You asking us to look past the things that threaten us or weigh us down. We hear You calling us to You. We hear and are moved. Open our hearts so that we can come. Open us to trust in You! Show us how to let all the rest go and focus our entire soul upon You! Take us by the hand and give us strength to do just as You invite us now! Let us trust in You today!