“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Calm for Troubled Hearts
An American band has an album called “Trouble Will Find Me.” It’s altogether too true. It’s not just that trouble may find me. Trouble will find me. I don’t know when or what or how, but there’s no way to always avoid trouble. That can be troubling news.
What’s worse, is that you and I sometimes seek trouble and make trouble. Remember the last time you picked a fight? Remember the times you’ve lied or gossiped? Remember when you wrote something hurtful online or saw something inappropriate online? Sometimes we see temptation, pick it up and build some trouble—trouble for ourselves and for others.
Yes, sometimes trouble finds us. Sometimes we make trouble.
And when trouble comes—whether from our own hand or someone else’s—what happens to our hearts? Our hearts are anxious, worried, sad, angry, confused… Our hearts are troubled.
Jesus calmly tells you and me: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Why? We should expect our holy God to want to stay far away from troublemakers like us. Yet, in love, God sent Jesus to take all the troubles and sins of this world on himself. In our place and because of our sins, Jesus suffered and died. God raised Jesus and forgives the troubles we make and the sins we commit.
And in love, God even calms our troubled hearts. What troubles you? Is it heart-breaking world news or the newest heartache that has rocked your home? Is it an uncertain future or certain news about your health or finances? Whatever it is, God who’s forgiven you and prepared a room for you in his heavenly house says: “Trust in me.” In heaven, God will keep all trouble far from you. Your heart will never be troubled because all troubles will be removed.
The troubles of this world may surround you. Don’t let them trouble your heart. Trust in God. He has taken care of your past. He has prepared your future. He is with you today.
Dear Jesus, thank you for forgiving all my sins. Help me to face trouble confidently. Thank you for the room you prepare for me in your Father’s house. Keep my trust in you strong and growing until you take me to be with you forever. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions