“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1 NIV)
In this passage from John’s gospel, Jesus is giving His disciples some last minute instructions, before He knows He will be leaving them. One of the things he seeks to reassure them is that they shouldn’t worry, or be troubled.
Jesus goes on to tell them about the place He is preparing for them & also that they know The Way there, because they know Him & His Father.
Jesus’ disciples didn’t really underst& these words at the time, but as events unfolded with his death, resurrection, & ascension, they would have become clearer to them.
We have those same assurances – yet I know for me, I still find myself troubled. The day to day issues that cause concern to those of us with chronic illness, cause us to worry about the future, our finances, side-effects of medication, deteriorating health & many other things as well. Then there are the things in the world, both close to home, & further afield.
Yet God wants us not to be troubled about these things, but to trust in Him. How do we do that day to day?
It’s not always easy, but God can always be trusted. We need sometimes to go forward, taking that step of trust, even in our uncertainty. Holding on to the promises that God gives, & knowing that He will be with us, we can take those steps – & as we do, I believe that we grow in confidence & in relationship with the God who can be trusted.
Prayer: Father, please help us to put our trust in You, giving you our worries & cares, knowing that You have our lives in Your h&s. Amen
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for writing,reading, travel & photography.