“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
John 14:1 NLT
In the preceding chapter, John 13, Jesus had just conducted the washing of feet of His disciples and predicted His betrayal. He knew the time was upon Him.
I could picture the disciples clueless, not knowing what lies before them. They believed He was the Messiah so in their minds, Jesus would be with them for as long as it is possible. But this was not to be. Jesus became flesh to pay the greatest price. He wasn’t here to live forever but to die in place of us. Now the time had come.
Their beloved master was going away. This was going to be their last physical communion with Him. He would be taken away, and though they could gladly give their lives for Him, they won’t be able to stop the day of sorrow. The sun would set at midday and their world would fall apart around them.
Here was Jesus, in spite of how He felt, the pain He was about to bear, admonishing His disciples not to lose faith regardless of what tomorrow may bring. He knew difficult times lay ahead for them. They would watch him being taken away, beaten and crucified, Peter would deny Jesus and there would be heavy persecutions against the gospel they preach.
He knew He was leaving them in an evil and scared world so beforehand, sowed the words that would later become a source of succour to them at the time of unravelling. With these words, He was comforting them with an assurance of His continued presence.
Yes, we may not be the disciples, we didn’t deal physically with Jesus, but in this world, there are dire issues that may threaten our faith.
Perhaps, a problematic matter troubles you
Or you feel scared about an issue spiralling out of control?
Are there uncertainties you are in a tussle with because you can not see the way out of it or maybe you have been down in the dumps lately?
Loss of a loved one
And you are tempted to ask,
Does Christ really care?
I have good news for you.
Oh yes! He does with all of His heart. Nothing about us goes by Him unaware.
Imagine Jesus reaching out to you. He wants your trust. He yearns to hear you say I believe. He is saying to you, I Am the eternal ’I AM’, Have faith in the purpose of the cross and know I am your deliverer.
Because you are precious to me and I can never think of leaving you all by yourself, I sent the Holy Spirit to care for you just like I would.
He is your comforter, advocate, the one who knows the groanings of your heart and helps intercede on your behalf. for even when the journey feels lonely, you are never alone
Though the waves of helplessness and despair may try to squeeze the life out of your soul, and the wind of discouragement blowing hard against your resolve, the clouds rising on the horizon, let your hearts be firmly rooted in me for I am the solid rock against which no gate of hell can prevail.
The disciples couldn’t feel the torture Jesus went through the hours leading up to His crucifixion but He felt the turbulence in their hearts like He feels our pain. He could see them unsure, wondering how next to proceed like He sees our hesitation now. Like a Father would do, even before trials come, He goes before us and ensures we never have to walk through fire alone.
Let’s face it, the devil rules this world – 2 Corinthians 4:4 – hence all the negativity and trials that must come our way but never do we have to do it on our own.
Even though we can’t see Him but we must keep on trusting Him. In the word of God herein lies all the enrichment our hearts need. Study and Meditate on it so the world would lose its grip on you.
I may have never seen Jesus Christ. But I believe He is real. I have had communion with His presence. In days I was unsure of the next step, I could always feel His strong assurance in my Spirit. Regardless of what lies ahead, this is the confidence I have in Him, that He will never leave or forsake me. This too will pass
So here I am, asking you to believe in the One whose tangible presence can be seen in everything around us. He was in the fire waiting for 3 Hebrew boys as much as He is in that storm with you.
What can you do?
Trust in His promises. It is infallible. Have faith in His love and rejoice in His mercy.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT
Today, make up your mind. Snatch back the peace the devil may have tried to steal from you. Decide you won’t let trouble tug your heart into defeat.
I end with this,
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”
Psalms 43:5 NLT
You are loved💜💙💚
Have a glorious weekend and beautiful moments with God