Illness … debt and financial worries … security and safety concerns … relationship difficulties … family ‘issues’ … international and environmental concerns … We certainly live in difficult times and there may well be issues in your life that are causing you significant worries and concerns. God knew that humans would regularly experience these emotions, and so the Bible has reassuring words for those who are facing worries, who have a ‘troubled heart’. What we might not realise is that there is an antidote to a troubled heart, and as cliché as it might sound… we are told to trust in God.
In John chapters 13 and 14, Jesus was discussing with his disciples what was soon to happen – that He would be leaving them, and that they would not be able to follow Him. This caused them great concern. Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” (13:37). In reply, Jesus states the reassuring words for John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
Jesus reassured them by letting them know that all would all be well, that He will provide for them and that they will eventually be reunited with Him. I like to think that, to use the Australian vernacular, Jesus was really saying… “Don’t worry, mate. She’ll be right! Trust me!”
When we look to the bible, the Psalms are full of expressions of trust in God: “Those who know your name will trust in you. For you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10) “In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.” (Psalm 22:4) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God I trust, I will not be afraid.” (Psalm 56:3&4) In reading this, we can see that the Psalmist is reassured by God’s deliverance and faithfulness, just as we can be assured of God’s help, deliverance, healing and intervention, during those times in our life when we have a ‘troubled heart’. The disciples were troubled at the thought of Jesus leaving them because they could not see what was to happen. Jesus reassured them that He would provide for them and that they would experience the best possible outcome. Let’s be encouraged that we, too, can put our trust in God and, if we do, He will ensure the best possible outcome. Just remember that trust really is the antidote for a troubled heart! “May the God of hope fill you with every joy and peace as you trust in him.” (Romans 15:13) – Written by Keith Davies, Announcer of The Long Lunch & Saturday Breakfast