Our hearts are easily troubled by the daily things of life. We are often easily distracted by people, places, and circumstances that are beyond our control, or we want to try to control. This is often when discouragement sets in resulting in an internal fight against the very surrender that leads to peace and rest. As if this powerlessness is a weakness of sorts to admitt. Coming to terms with how overwhelmed we feel, or how fearful we are over life, the future, relationships, etc; is the first step. Believing and trusting in God guards our hearts and minds from being thrown off course. It’s what gives us the courage to not lose heart.
Read on as Greg Laurie encourages our hearts today.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me . – ( John 14:1)
“Have you ever felt troubled in your heart — agitated, stressed out, or uncertain about tomorrow? Or to put it another way, have you ever driven on a freeway in Southern California?
There is a lot to be afraid of these days, isn’t there? Maybe something has happened to you recently that has turned your world upside down. Maybe you’ve found yourself wondering whether God really is aware of the problems you’re facing right now.
That is exactly how the disciples of Jesus felt. They were downhearted and discouraged. When they were all gathered in the Upper Room for the Passover feast, Jesus told them that one of them was going to betray Him. Then He identified Judas Iscariot as the betrayer. Not only that, but Jesus also said that Simon Peter would deny Him — not once, not twice, but three times. Peter! Could it really be? The whole world turned upside down for these men. And then, worst of all, Jesus began talking about leaving them, about being crucified. Can you blame them for wondering, What in the world is going on here?
Maybe you feel that way. Maybe there is uncertainty in your future. As you survey your fears and concerns today, take a few minutes to consider what Jesus said to His disciples and to us in that tense Upper Room: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). This verse could also be translated, “Let not your heart be agitated or disturbed or thrown into confusion.”
In other words, “Don’t let these things throw you! Put your full trust and faith in Me!” It was good advice for some deeply troubled believers two thousand years ago, and I can tell you right now with complete confidence that it’s the best counsel anyone will give you all day today.” Devo by Greg Laurie