Peace For Troubled Hearts

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me” (John 14:1)”. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.
Many people all around the world are deeply troubled at this time due to the coronavirus. For some it’s dealing with the dreaded disease or even mourning the death of a loved one. For others it’s the fear of contracting the invisible virus and still for others it’s the worries about how long this will last and how our lives will be affected in the long-term. Everyone of us in one way or another has had our lives disrupted.

We share a lot with people who have troubles and of course this is the current topic. I suppose we are a listening ear and hopefully offer some comfort, perspective and sound advice as we point them to eternal truths. Apart from the current virus situation we all deal with a variety of troubles.

Job famously had a lot of troubles. His three friends came over to comfort him. Although their advice was faulty and certainly not the final word Eliphas offers a rather timeless observation, “Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). What a pithy, timeless description of the inevitability of troubles! I’ve been burning scrap pieces of wood from our barn project and I can observe some 4000 years later that the sparks still fly upward and we still have troubles!

Our first text is a comforting word from Jesus, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” That is a great verse to memorize and preach to oneself. Jesus taught about a rich man who preached a deceptive message to himself, “And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry'”. “But God said to him, ‘You fool!'” (Luke 12:19,20). Today we encourage you to preach this bold statement of faith to your own heart by saying aloud, “I will not let my heart be troubled. I will trust in God”. Speak it as often as your heart needs to hear it.

Just this morning we heard a timely message titled “Trusting God in Worrisome Times” by Lee Strobel on Focus on the Family and he describes worry as “spiritual amnesia”. That’s why we need to preach to ourselves!
Today’s second text is from John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” This is a verse we both learned as young Christians with the words set to music so it is permanently etched in our memory.

I am so thankful for the words of our Lord Jesus in this passage! “I have told you these things…” “These things” are included in His final teaching to the disciples prior to His death on the cross. He knows their future will include uncertainty and peril due to their decision to follow Him. But He shares with them the way to find peace in the midst of conflict, “so that in Me you may have peace”.

Our Lord readily acknowledged and prepared His disciples for the reality of inevitable trouble (or “tribulation”) in His matter of fact declaration, “In this world you will have trouble”.

Have you considered that the presence of trouble in your life is evidence of Christ’s truthfulness and faithfulness? After all He did say, “In this world you will have trouble”.

Have you ever met a believer going through a difficult trial who in faith joyfully declares to others, “God is keeping His promise” in regard to the trial in progress? I heard a brother give a testimony to the veracity of Scripture regarding this promise as he was going through a great trial. It stunned those of us who listened on as we witnessed his victorious testimony in the very midst of trouble.

Thankfully, the stirring promise includes an underlying peace, “so that in Me you may have peace”. Christ’s desire is that His followers have this peace, surely meaning in this case the sense of emotional and spiritual rest and much needed assurance that can only come through a fervent, growing relationship with the Peacemaker Himself. The apostle Paul wrote, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Hear the assuring message of our Lord and apply it to your heart today: “But take heart! I have overcome the world!”  I’ve added the exclamation point because I believe that’s the tone of how Christ spoke these consoling words.

He spoke these words with absolute confidence even before His agony in Gethsemane, His innocent suffering at the hands of guilty accusers, and His death on the cross at Calvary. He knew His Father had everything under control. And our Father still has everything under control. He always does! Let us experience His abiding peace today as we commit ourselves to His unfailing love and unfolding plan in the midst of the undesirables of our day.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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