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Don't Let your Hearts be Troubled

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4

Don't be "troubled." Sounds easy enough, but quite possibly the most difficult thing in the world. How can we not be troubled when facing huge trials, loss, illness, uncertainty? The only answer lies in Jesus, and it's how He ends this passage. Jesus had just informed the disciples that His time with them was nearing the end and they jumped to full blown q & a mode. They questioned Him over and over about where He was going and why they weren't able to go with Him. Their hearts were surely feeling troubled knowing that their teacher and leader would no longer walk among them. Don't you love that Jesus doesn't jump into rebuke mode, but instead seeks to comfort their hearts? He assures them that they can still trust and believe Him.

He is still in the comforting business today through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We can have full confidence in God, in Christ. He is the answer for our troubles, every single one. He is our help for each need that we face. He knows our road, the one ahead, and also the tough one we may have just passed through, for He is with us every step. This world is not all we have. This one may be riddled with obstacles, potholes, and even dangerous cliffs. Often we find ourselves struggling just to stay the course. But we can have hope, still. Right in the very midst of it, in the tough stuff, in the battle. For He is secure. He is trustworthy. He is faithful.

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