Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

With my Masai friend in
Eldoret, Kenya

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.  Sometimes it appears that we “let” our hearts be troubled. This implies there is something we can do about our troubledness, some action we can take. Sometimes I am my own worst enemy, and need to be saved from myself.

The antidote to inner troubledness is trust. Where there is trust, troubledness does not exist. The object of our trust must be sufficient enough to alleviate our troubledness.

For example, were I to take a plane across the ocean, I place my trust in: 1) the pilot (he must have sufficient training, knowledge, experience, and physical and emotional well-being; 2) the airplane (it must be structurally sufficient, have the requisite capacity of range, and so on); 3) the airplane mechanics; 4) and so on.

The question becomes: Is Jesus a sufficient object of trust? Can I trust Jesus? I only find this out by placing my trust in Him. All trust is learned, and earned.

Jesus continues, "You believe in God; believe also in me." (John 14:1) The Greek word we translate as "believe" is πιστεύετε [pisteuete], and can be translated as "place confidence in," or "trust in." To believe is to trust.

I place my confidence in God. I place my confidence in Jesus. I believe, therefore I trust. As this happens, troubledness dissipates.