“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me."
John 14:1 NIV
These words are very familiar to us, as they are frequently used as part of the more prolonged gospel reading at going home celebrations. In it, Jesus promises he is going away to prepare an eternal place for us. But this morning, in reading just this verse alone, it took on a new life of its own with two words jumping out; troubled and belief. We also hear a statement, "Do not let your hearts be troubled," followed by the reason, "You believe in God; believe also in me."
Just as Jesus tells us not to fear, he also desires us not to be troubled. In relinquishing those things that make us upset and uncomfortable to God and acknowledging that it is he who is in control, we can find peace and comfort. When we humble ourselves to Christ our Lord, our unease becomes canceled by our faith. To believe in our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Sanctifier is a thing of much power.
God, we give you thanks for the power in believing. We know when we turn things over to you, we can find peace and rest. Yet, we confess we are often hesitant to do so. Forgive us; we pray and help us in our doubt and unbelief. May all who are troubled right now give it all over to you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.