MONDAY, APRIL 19
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.”
John 14:1 (NLT2)
TRUST OVER TROUBLE
The story is told of British House of Commons member Benjamin Disraeli. It is said that when Disraeli was elected to Parliament, he was considered somewhat of an odd fellow. In his mannerisms and in his attire, he stood out from the rest of the members. Added to this was the fact that he was a Jew. When he arose to make his first speech before Parliament, he was mocked so loudly and so uproariously by the other Members of Parliament that he was forced to sit down. Before he sat down, however, he said this, “I will sit down now, but you will hear from me again.” (Alan Carr)
On the night of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, He reassures His disciples by telling them they will hear from Him again. The hearts of the disciples were troubled for various reasons. Jesus has just told them of His impending death; they have just learned that one of them is going to betray Jesus; and Simon Peter has just been notified that he will deny Jesus three times before the morning comes. To not let their hearts be troubled, they must continue to trust and believe in Him! They had trusted Him for salvation and now they must keep trusting Him in the storm.
Someone said our part is to not let our hearts be troubled, or agitated, anxious, worried, bothered, disturbed, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, perturbed, bothered, distressed, disquieted, fretful, nervous, edgy, antsy, on edge, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, jumpy, or worried sick. The way we do that is by trusting in Him. Personal faith in a personal God brings personal strength.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Spend some time reflecting on the trustworthiness of Christ.