DAY 120 OF 365 IN 2021
John 14:1 Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
Among the things many will agree is easier said than done, are the words ‘don’t worry’ or in the more delicate words of Jesus ‘let not your hearts be troubled’. Sometimes, even the human vessels transmitting these words to others are also battling their own worries at the back of their minds. There is turbulence swirling all round and it really is very tough to stay level headed yourself and say all is well, much less try to encourage another.
Even when one wakes up to a morning where they had no worries, the contacts and events of each day can quickly turn the tide. It takes as little as a single mishap, one wrong word or one unexpected encounter to alter the entire dynamics of a person’s heart. In such cases, don’t let your hearts be troubled appears to be in no ones interest.
Yet, Jesus speaks these words to his disciples. He gives them further assurances as though in anticipation of significant worries, and He surely has reason to. He presented El-Shaddai to them: the God who not only provides, but is provision itself. This was indicative that all their sources of worry would be taken care of and so their hearts ought not to be troubled.
Beloved, the person who tells another not to worry or let themselves be rattled, ought to do so with genuine reason. There had to be a foundation upon which those words are spoken and surely, Jesus had one. So we know we can hold on to these words: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.