“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” – Jesus (John 14:1)
Something just dawned on me, that what Jesus is saying here is that you have a choice. You have a choice in the matter of whether you let your heart be troubled or not. I don’t know how I’ve missed this!
There is quite a bit right now in our world that could potentially cause you to despair. There is so much uncertainty that you could easily let your heart falter. I probably don’t even need to give you examples, but suffice to say, we are in troubled times; however, you don’t need to let it get you down. Jesus is offering a couple great solutions:
First, Jesus is calling you to make the decision to not let your heart be troubled by whatever it is, even if you’ve got a seemingly overwhelming amount of things stacked against you. He’s saying to make the decision to not give those things a place in your heart–don’t give any creedence to them. You don’t have to play the victim anymore, rebuke those thoughts.
He then goes on to tell us to trust in the Father and also in Him. How easily and quickly we forget that “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” Trust in Him to work things out for good (Romans 8:28). He has already overcome the enemy and the world! Just a few verses later in Romans, Paul poses a great question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Spend some time with the Lord, and ask Him to show you where your heart might be troubled. Confess those things to Him and ask Him to rid you of those thoughts.
Remember, you have a choice in the matter.