John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
“Do not let your heart be troubled.” I hear Jesus speaking those words to me tonight. I think He has to say that to me just about every day. I must be a little hard headed when it comes to hearing it. I mean really hearing it. It usually takes 4 or 5 times before I start to feel those words sink in. “Do not let your heart be troubled.” The word translated troubled is the Greek word, tarassō. It means to trouble, to disquiet, to make restless, to stir up, to strike ones spirit with fear and dread, to render anxious, or to make one doubt. It’s the same word used for boiling water.
Oh how I need to hear these familiar words from Jesus once again tonight. “Do not let your heart be troubled.” My heart is troubled. This global pandemic has me troubled. The riots and protests going on have me troubled. Pressure at work has me troubled. Getting older has me troubled. Just living life has me troubled. “Do not let your heart be troubled.” Is there something in your world that has caused your heart to be disquieted? Is something in your life making your restless? Are you anxious, afraid, or doubting? “Do not let your heart be troubled.”
Jesus never just says empty words. His words have power. He spoke and the world came into existence. By His breath we live and breathe and have our being. So, when He says, “Do not let your heart be troubled.” There is everything you and I need for peace and comfort wrapped up in His words. “You believe in God; believe also in me.” Believe in Jesus. That’s all we need. No matter what unrest surrounds you, believe in Jesus. No matter what sickness threatens at your doorstep, believe in Jesus.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33