Read John 14
Jesus coupled two statements that we should receive together.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and trust in God and also in me.
Our hearts are not troubled because the right people are going to win the elections. No.
Our hearts are not troubled because we have a three-year supply of toilet paper. That's not it.
Our hearts are not troubled because the stock market never really got that bad and the oil and gas industry is slowly making a comeback. Nope.
Our hearts are not troubled because we might get another stimulus check. Money for nothing and your chicks for free… Not at all.
Our hearts are not troubled because we might have a football season this fall. Close but no cigar.
Our hearts are not troubled because we trust in God.
Our hearts are not troubled because we are anxious for nothing. Everything gets turned over to God in prayer accompanied with thanksgiving.
Our hearts are not troubled because our Father in heaven knows exactly what we need. He doesn’t give us a rock when we need bread. He gives good gifts and my heart will not be troubled.
I’m jumping ahead a couple chapters. Jesus said that we would have trouble in the world. He didn’t say it was a possibility. He said that we would have trouble in the world.
That was not the end of the thought. He said, take heart that he had overcome the world. Take courage! The world is not in charge.
The psalmist counsels us to simply be still. That’s not just, stop talking. That’s be still in everything that we are so we can realize that God is real and he is with us and he loves us and he will not forsake us. In our stillness we hear his I Am.
So, do not let your hearts be troubled. Know that God is for real and he is for us. Believe in him. We believe in God through our Master and Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus.
Now we can get into those times when it seems like we are left alone. Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. He wouldn’t tell them this if it wasn’t so.
He told his disciples that they should be happy for him. Jesus was about to complete his mission and return to his Father.