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.”
The world is in trouble.
We are living in such fear. Fear of viruses, violence, and each other. Fear of saying something that offends. Fear of who we are or what we will become. Fear of parenting. Fear of venturing forth to explore, find adventure, and seek out new things.
We run to medicines to calm our souls. We seek therapy to detangle the mess in which we find ourselves. I am not against either of these. But, for the child of God, do we heed the Word of God more than that of a doctor who is only practicing medicine?
Watching the news compounds the problem because they are void of mentioning God. We cannot listen to the report of every catastrophe, bombing, murder, injustice, and violent act without affecting us.
We try to reconcile the question, “If God is all-powerful, why can’t He stop all the evil?” We also ask, “If God is all-loving, is He not seeing the world torn apart by the evil that seems to be unrestrained?”
Many are so stressed by what they think is a failure on God’s part and fail to pray, witness, and do what we are commanded to do.
Jesus’ words came at a time when there was much unrest in the region. Powerful men and regimes were at odds, trying to conquer one another. Rome was on the rise.
Herod was an evil ruler.
The religious leaders had their own kingdoms and ruled through legalism, guilt, and force.
Those who questioned or rebelled against the system were shunned and ostracized.
When these things became overwhelming, many finally resorted to seeking God in earnest. Those who heard such teaching as Jesus gave became touched by His simplicity, truth, and genuineness.
If we are to live by faith (and we are), why isn’t going to God our first option instead of our last resort?
This passage is one of my favorites. It speaks to my heart of love, promise, and hope.
To know that we are not alone, left to fend for ourselves is comforting.
God tells His children that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Knowing that Christ will see me through till the end brings peace to my heart.
But, we often become troubled over many things.
Sometimes it is with things out of our control. Things that look impossible to us begin to create anxiety, stress, and worry. We, who name the name of Jesus, need to employ the faith we have to seek Him and His will – even in the most impossible of situations.
When situations and circumstances become so overwhelming and impossible, we should rejoice. Yes, I said, rejoice. Because, if we serve the God of the impossible, it is when we know and believe that He will do what He said He would do.
Someone once said, ‘When God is all you have, He is all you need!’
We get frustrated when people quote verses and Christian phrases that point to faith living. Some want tangible proof. Others have seemingly failed to gather enough evidence to validate that God is real – to them.
When this happens, we need to change our perspective.
For the child of God, that can only come when we saturate our minds with God’s Word. Our perspective changes when we begin to see things the way God sees. One of the practices we need to have regularly is memorization.
Being able to quote verses that we hide in our hearts gives us a resource for the Holy Spirit from which to draw.
When the temptation becomes overwhelming, and we want to quit, we should look to:
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
When we think that God doesn’t care:
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
When we feel He has left us:
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.”
Searching the scriptures for the answer to what trouble us draws us close to God. It increases our faith. It gives us another opportunity to testify and brag on God for what He will do.
When troubles rise, go to the Word. If the Word seems closed to you, search your heart, and ask God to clear out anything that may be between you and Him. Once you do, you will begin to experience the closeness of a relationship of a lifetime.
Hebrews 4:7 “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
Let us not grow hard toward God. Take the time needed to do what is necessary.
God does love you!