Heart Trouble?

 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ” JOHN 14:1-3

What troubles your heart?

Rising taxes, unemployment, bills, a broken car, family conflicts, relationships, sickness or even hunger could be part of an endless list. It’s not a perfect world, far from it. Pain, injustice and despair consistently enter our lives, just to remind us that it is a fallen world.  Maintaining your faith or just a positive attitude can be a challenge in the midst of all the trouble.

The disciples were no strangers to trouble.  They suffered mighty persecution at the hands of religious leaders of the day and the Roman empire.  History records that they were imprisoned, beaten, and killed.  Surely Jesus knew they would have cause for a troubled heart.  Was it unfair for Jesus to make such a request. “Let not your heart be troubled.”

Jesus knew the persecution would be great.  But he wanted them to trust in His promises. They surely did.  There’s was a life of power and faith. While suffering persecution, they were able to spread the gospel with joy in their hearts.  We can recall Paul and Silas singing in the prison after having been beaten and chained.  The prison walls would shake and crumble before God’s power.  Paul and Silas did not allow for their hearts to be troubled.  Instead they worshiped God .  We can do likewise when we remember Christ’s promises. “I go to prepare a place for you.”

Regardless of the trouble of this world we can keep our hearts trouble free by maintaining our faith in His promises.  He’s prepared a place.  He’s coming back for you and me and we will be with Him forever!

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