John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
As a born-again, bible believing, child of God, I would be a liar and a hypocrite to tell you that I have never felt troubled, out of sorts or worse. We all have. God allows trials to come into our life – all bearing a purpose. Some are quite obvious and others won’t be understood until we see Him in Heaven.
In John 14, Jesus is trying to explain to the disciples that He is going away. But not without leaving them hope for the future that He was going to shortly provide the payment. There were many pieces that for them, wouldn’t come together until after the resurrection. Just as He washed their feet that night, they would not understand till afterwards.
John 13:7 “Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.”
So, as a child of God, I am left with a Bible and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God to discern what it is I should do, where it is I should go, how to act, what to speak… At those overwhelming times when we just cannot grasp the meaning; cannot fully understand the direction, cannot feel totally at peace about what it is that troubles us, we must remember those very words; “Let not your heart be troubled…”
Sometimes things turn sideways on us and we can either react carnally or in faith, turn to God for the answer. It is there, after all. Sometimes it takes being quiet. Other times it takes godly counsel. And still other times, it takes praying through. Praying through. We don’t use that expression much any more.
Old time preachers would see and know of those tumultuous times and say, “We need to pray through…” and the congregation would get on their knees until they felt that God had answered. Today, we don’t have time for that. We want ‘drive through Christianity’. We order at one window and pull up to the next expecting a hot meal all ready and prepared. We pray expecting God heard and has already sent the answer.
If you read in the book of Daniel, how that he prayed and the answer was sent right away. But that answer didn’t reach him for weeks – why? Because the messenger was hindered by one of the devil’s princes.
Daniel 10:12-13 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
21 days… 3 weeks for a righteous man as Daniel to receive an answer from God. Not because God didn’t hear, didn’t care, lost interest or thought us insignificant – those are the devil’s accusations.
In the troubled times, knowing that my future is secure, I must have faith that my God will work all things out for His good. Romans 8:28 is a very familiar verse – oft quoted when we are at a loss to find an explanation for the situation or circumstances in which we find ourselves. But to rest our hearts in the Sovereign God of Heaven’s plan for our life; even when we cannot see or feel secure, takes time, faith and a humble trust in His Word.
Knowing He will NEVER leave you;
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
He will ALWAYS love you;
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
If saved, you are eternally secure in His hand;
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
And as our text today states, “I go to prepare a place for you”. Construction is underway. Not only that, Jesus said that IF I go to prepare a place for you I WILL come again. I won’t leave you without hope without love, or without a future… Your future is with me… Forever… In Heaven.
Take comfort dear saint of God. Nothing in this world is so bad to leave it prematurely. Go to God and pray through… Pray till you get an answer. Comfort will come.