Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled . . .

John 14:1 NASB
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Have you ever had one of those days when it doesn’t matter which way you turn, there seems to be a combination of factors that collectively seems to drag you to a screeching halt? I can admit that I seem to have had more than my fair share of those days, as of late.

All of us have our own individual stories, the concerns we carry, the considerations we try to balance, the reality of only possessing a partial understanding on a host of subjects that often can be at odds with our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

And then of course, there is the shared hope that we all look to, the return of our Lord and the removal of our own humanistic tendencies which far too often are at odds with God’s perfect will, both for us and others, not to mention the reversal of so many wrongs that we individually and collectively see. I often wonder how many surprises are in store for all of us, when that particular aspect is addressed.

But before that happens, there is the interim to deal with. And it’s that interim where I seem to sometimes hit a speed bump, or better yet, a brick wall, at times. The thing is, no matter how smart I may think that I am, or how informed I think I may be, that which lays before me is beyond my own ability to navigate, beyond my own strengths to accomplish and beyond my own wisdom to correct, both within and without.

Jesus told us NOT to LET our hearts be troubled, that because we believe in God, TO BELIEVE ALSO IN HIM. He is our guide for our navigation. He is our strength and He is the source of our wisdom. We LET our hearts get troubled when we forget that. We LET our hearts get troubled when we rely in our own decisions for direction, strengths and wisdom.

And most importantly, this is the same Jesus who told us that without Him, we could accomplish nothing. That statement talks of total reliance, in Him, for our navigation, for our strength and for our wisdom.

That would be TOTAL, as opposed to partial. That would be TOTAL, as opposed to none. When Jesus prayed to His Father on our behalf, as recorded in John 17:20-23, Jesus said the following: “I am not asking on behalf of these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

That they (that would be you and I) may all be one, just like the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. That is unity in God that Jesus is talking about. Unity in God and we foster division among ourselves. Why? Is there strength in unity under God’s direction? I’m thinking there is. Is there purpose in unity under God’s guidance? How about that statement “. . . so that the world may believe that you sent Me.” And who might also know that and do everything in his power and control to fight against it?

I am just one sheep and admittedly not the brightest for sure. I don’t have all the answers, I’m not even sure if I know all the right questions, BUT I KNOW WHO DOES. So as this division among us becomes more prevalent, I will start each day seeking God’s guidance, strength and wisdom versus my own, trusting that His will, will be manifested in me, according to His purposes, versus my own. And maybe, just maybe, that unity that Jesus speaks about will grow, bit by bit, person by person.

And most importantly, I will, in some small way, be working with Jesus and not against Him.

How about you?

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. “…I will start each day seeking God’s guidance, strength and wisdom versus my own, trusting that His will, will be manifested in me, according to His purposes, versus my own.” Yes and Amen. In my own strength and apart from Him, I am nothing.

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  2. As you implied, the devil is working to cause divisions in the Body. But there can never be unity based on the acceptance of false teaching. Someone said, “We can not sacrifice good theology at the altar of unity.” Why? Because a false Gospel leads to disaster for its victims. May we never be afraid to stand for Truth! Blessings, Bruce!

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    • Hi Cindy, I heartily agree. Unfortunately, there can also be a big difference between what we, humanistically speaking, hold as “truth” and what God defines as “truth”, especially when it comes to determining to whom and what our allegiance is connected to and our dependency is focused on. Nothing is simple! Blessings!

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