"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3).

The apostles were facing difficult times. In a matter of hours, the Lord would be taken from them violently and put to death on a criminal's cross. They needed assurance that all would be well. It is exactly that assurance that Jesus offers them in this passage. At times it may seem that life is getting the best of us. In such times, we too must turn to the one who has gone to prepare a place for us. This is truly one of the Bible's most precious promises and one of its most comforting passages.

In this passage Jesus gave a Special Precept. He told his disciples to deposit their tomorrows into the care of God. If we have put our faith and trust in God, there is no need for our hearts to be troubled. To say, "ye believe in God" is more than an acceptance of the fact that God exists - it is a putting of our hearts and lives into his care. Paul wrote, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6, 7). And Peter added, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

Our Lord also spoke of a Special Place. "In my Father's house are many mansions . . . " In order to deal with the mundane problems of life, we must set our dreams in heaven. Jesus said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19, 20). While is it necessary to deal with life on earth as it happens, it is also necessary to realize that those things that matter the most to us ought to be those things that have to do with heaven. Life is much easier to deal with knowing that I am here for a short time and then I'm going to heaven to live in the presence of God forever!

But this passage also speaks of a Special Person. No less that Jesus himself has gone to prepare for us a place and he has promised to come back for us. How much easier life is when we place our hope in the hands of our Lord! He's the Good Shepherd leads us and provides for us. He is the one who will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is the one who will one day receive us unto himself that, where he is, we may also be - forever.

How glorious indeed is our Lord who encourages us to "let not your heart be troubled."

Thomas W. Larkin