“Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1
When Jesus speaks these words, he is not offering a suggestion to be accepted, he is giving a command to be obeyed, a principle to be followed. It is not optional, it is the very foundation to our getting the spiritual life right for His glory. Jesus was giving this information to his disciples right before he was to be crucified. Life as they knew it was about to encounter the biggest change and most crazy challenge that they had ever faced. They were about to have to live in a world without Jesus in the flesh. Jesus was preparing them, by telling them that no matter what – “Do not let your hearts be troubled!”
Have you ever noticed that most believers and non believers respond in just about the same way to the challenges of life. This should not be. Believers should respond with faith over fear, with expectation over desperation and with hope over hopelessness. Most all of us, tend to respond to the challenges of life with our emotions. The problem with this, is that if we don’t control our emotions, then our emotions will control us.
The problem with emotions is that they tend to want to run and will run away from your control before you know it. When Jesus says: “Let not your hearts be troubled!”, he is teaching us to reign in our emotions before they get out of control. You can rule your emotions, or they will rule you. Every person has to decide for themselves – how they are going to handle the tough battle with emotions.
If you decide that you want to deal with your emotions, then you have to learn how not to indulge the negative. Life is full of negatives. We are surrounded and bombarded by them from all forms of media. Indulging the negative is making an on purpose decision to live life in fear, not in faith. If Jesus commands us to do something, then it is possible and what seems impossible, always becomes possible through the power of faith expressed in our everyday living.
Life is going to throw some challenges your ways this week, I want to encourage you to follow the instruction of Jesus and “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED! I promise you will be glad you did! ;)