John 14:1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
Getting troubled about anything and everything is the tendency of human heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says , “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”. Human heart is mysterious, it longs for the things it doesn’t have rather than praising God for what it has. It strives to reach from one height of success to another rather than resting in the shadow of most high God. It has short sightedness and narrow focus that is restricted to the realm of its experiences. It is rebellious in nature and struggles to elevate itself even above God. It is restless and have no desire to come under the submission of God. It knows the sovereignty of the word of God that we are his children yet tries to give its way to the deception of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
Jesus is asking us to train our heart not to be troubled. The spoken word of Christ doesn’t do any miracle or wonder unless it is received with faith. Trusting God is the only remedy for an ailing troublesome heart as Jesus said in the next verse, “Trust in God”.
Our heart believes the patterns of life it has experienced. It makes plans for tomorrow with an absolute assurance that tomorrow is as certain as yesterday was, since it believes what it has seen (yesterday) and makes an imaginary path that tomorrow will follow. Unless the heart is put to strict training to see the unseen God working in our life today, it will have trouble seeing God working for us tomorrow.
God asked Israelites, Deut.4:9 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Repeat God’s goodness day and night, until the subconscious mind begins retrieving the work of the Lord without conscious effort. Trusting God needs conscious efforts.
Jesus further said “Trust me.” Is trusting God different from trusting Jesus? Yes, If it were not so, Jesus would have never asked us to do so. Trusting God, his existence, his love and his works is the first step that is needed to trust His Son. Faith and trust need a foundation and Jesus by speaking the above verses was building on the foundation of the knowledge of God that disciples already had.
Trusting Jesus is a process that begins with knowing Him and advances as we continue to live in the light of His work. Knowing Jesus as the Son of God is not enough but believing that we (Jesus and us) belong to the same family. Knowing Jesus as a healer is not enough but trusting that he has delivered us from all present and future afflictions. Knowing Jesus’s sacrificial death is not enough but trusting that we, as covenant partners are more than victorious over the principalities and powers. Knowing the miracle of resurrection is not enough but trusting that we have been called to share eternal life with Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviour.
How precious are the works that Jesus has accomplished on behalf of the children of God and how precious are those who train their hearts to trust him. My heart rejoices to see the great works of my Lord and saviour and a happy heart knows no trouble!