Is there a time Jesus told your heart something so difficult that it left your heart troubled and discouraged? I know I have battled this in my current season.
In John 13 Jesus just told the disciples while washing their feet who His betrayer was, a new commandment to love like He loves, Peter’s Denial of Jesus. All leading up to John 14:1 where I want to focus, but I felt it important to let you know what was happening minutes before Jesus says “ Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” These twelve men had walked, talked and witnessed all Jesus had done. If anyone believed they did. But yet Jesus sees the heart and responds in John 14:1.
Jesus while serving the twelve disciples does one thing while washing there feet He speaks to the condition of their hearts. Just like the disciples Jesus does the very same thing with us if we will allow him to wash our feet with the water of the word today and leave us with John 14:1 “ Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
The Greek word for troubled in John 14 is tarassestho – it means stirred, agitated
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says this: “Your heart is the center of your personality. Each believer is responsible for the condition of our heart.” Proverbs 4:23 Proverbs 20:9
The only cure for a troubled heart is to trust in God. What I find beautiful is how Jesus addresses the disciples hearts by reminding them that God alone is trustworthy. Notice that Jesus never scolds the twelve for their hearts condition. He simply reminds them of His character, which corrects the heart and redirects the heart to Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life.
So if today you find yourself discouraged, doubting, stirred, and agitated. Can I just share the words of Jesus with you? Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1 ESV
Remember there is not one day God has failed you. There isn’t anything He wouldn’t do to rescue and restore your heart today. Lean into Jesus even when trouble surrounds you. Believe again, life throws us hard things to endure. If we will trust God even when nothing makes sense, He will be faithful to show Himself trustworthy. (Proverbs 3:5 ESV )
Lord, I thank you and praise you today even with a troubled heart. I’m so thankful you deal with our hearts daily. Wash us with your word today. Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Help us Holy Spirit to not depend on our own understanding. Help us to trust in you and you alone. Help us to acknowledge you in all our ways. So you will make our path straight. Remind us, Lord that you are not like man that lies. You keep your promises to us. You are faithful even when we are troubled. Thank you, Jesus for being our source in all circumstances. We love you and honor you today. In Jesus name Amen
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