“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:1-6 NLT
Jesus is telling His disciples that before long He is going away. They don’t understand because they are expecting an earthly kingdom to overthrow the bad guys. They can’t imagine how Jesus’ leaving is going to be helpful to the cause.
Jesus is trying to give them understanding and peace. Peace in the middle of their confusion.
When God’s plan and our plan aren’t the same, it is often easy to get frustrated, confused, and full of anxiety. Most of us don’t like the unknown because we feel out of control.
Jesus starts by telling them, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” Here is my first thought on this—evidently, I do have control over the anxiety and stress that comes into my life to try to control me. I am not a helpless victim of stress and worry. I have the power to block those negative emotions from taking over my heart. Jesus would never tell us to do something we couldn’t do, so we can keep our hearts from being troubled.
My second thought is that the way to overcome the present confusion is to look to the future possibility. Jesus wants the disciples—and us—to focus on the fact that heaven is a real place that He is preparing for us. I have always said you can live through hell if you know it is temporary. All this life is temporary. Heaven is eternal. The more I focus on the eternity God is preparing for me, the easier it is to endure the temporary disappointments.
Finally, peace is found in a person. Jesus is the way to our peace. Peace is not found in a title, trophy, or treasure. Peace is found in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Holy Spirit, please help me to keep my focus on the eternal and on Jesus. Help me to lean into You for my daily strength and focus. Help me to block all anxiety and stress and give it to You.
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