“Don’t let your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
The remedy for a “troubled heart”… believing! That’s what I saw this morning in this very familiar text that many have clung to looking forward to the soon coming of Jesus. He is getting close to the end of His earthly ministry now and is trying to equip His disciples for the inevitable “reality check” they will soon experience as Jesus makes clear His mission on this earth- to make everything ready for heaven, not for earth. They wanted the kingdom now, Jesus wants more. He wants all of us in heaven with Him and He was willing to pay the ultimate price- His life- so it could be a reality.
As surely as He left them, after the resurrection, and returned to heaven, so surely He will come back and take us to heaven to live with Him forever. Sometimes, as I have watched multiple generations die clinging to the belief in the “soon coming” of Jesus, my faith may have waivered a bit in the validity or reliability of this belief, and my heart gets “troubled.” But Jesus reminds me this morning, as He did with His disciples, that He is “telling the truth” (remember yesterday’s text!?) and if He wasn’t “He would have told me.” The surety of His departure from the Mount of Olives confirms for me the reliability of His promise that He “would come again and take me with Him so that where He is there I will be also.”
And when I get consumed with worry or doubt, and my heart gets “troubled,” I am reminded that the solution is “believing in God, and believing in Jesus.” I’m not sure how it all works, but at this point I see “believing” as a conscious decision to trust Jesus to know what to do, and when, so that His plan is fulfilled in my life and in the lives of all those He loves and wants to be with Him. His plan is good and His reward for believing is literally “out of this world.”
Have a great day relieving your troubled heart by focusing on what you believe in,