Saturday, September 17, 2016

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled


In Eldoret, Kenya, with a Masai Pastor

John 14:1 - “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Jesus' words imply that we have a responsibility for the spiritual and emotional condition of our hearts.  We have a say-so when it come to inner agitation. There is something we can do about our troubledness, some action we can take. 


We can trust. Jesus immediately goes on to say, "You *trust God, don't you? Trust me." (The Message)

The antidote to inner troubledness is trust. Where there is trust, troubledness does not exist. 


The object of our trust, what we place our trust in, must be sufficient to alleviate our troubledness. For example, were I to take a plane trip across the ocean, I place my trust in: 

  • the pilot (he must have sufficient training, knowledge, experience, and physical and emotional well-being; 
  • the airplane (it must be structurally sufficient, have the requisite capacity of range, and so on); 
  • the airplane mechanics; 
  • and so on.

The question becomes: Is Jesus a sufficient object of trust? Can we trust Jesus? We only find this out by placing our trust in him. Trust is learned, and earned.

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In John 14:1 The Greek word the NIV translates as "believe" is πιστεύετε [pisteuete], and can be translated as "place confidence in," or "trust in." )

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Praying is an act of trusting. See Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God