John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
When our eyes are captivated by the things of this world, we tend to question, “What if?”
Once we travel down that rabbit hole, we can find ourselves in a state of worry, anxiousness, and even despair. As this world’s trouble escalates, we need to guard our hearts and return to the source of our peace.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
If you look at scripture with an open heart, you will be led in ways you could not think on your own.
In earlier chapters in the gospel of John, we read:
John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The freedom offered through our relationship in Jesus Christ is free to all who come. It is not a ‘one-and-done’ deal with God. It is a sustained relationship that takes constant care and maintenance.
The very truth of which John speaks is our close personal relationship with our Savior.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The closer we are to Jesus, the freer we become.
Sin places us in bondage. The blood of Jesus sets us free.
Being close to Jesus brings not only freedom but peace.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
In this busy holiday season, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of all the preparations, fellowship, and festivities. We must live on purpose.
We can be assured that trouble will come. It is unavoidable.
Jesus said, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Yet, we ask for trouble to be removed.
How we manage the trouble that comes our way will determine the success or failure of the day and ultimately of our life.
It is best not to have to face this trouble alone. But if we find ourselves alone, we must remind ourselves that Good has NEVER left us nor forsaken us. Even the comfort that comes in knowing that Jesus is coming again and soon should aid us in bring peace and rest to our troubled souls.