We are taking a short break from our study of the Book of Acts for a brief look at John’s journey contained in John Chapter 14. We will resume our study of Acts soon.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you 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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1–3
The disciples loved Jesus and they put their trust in Him. When He initially told them He would die and return to His Father they were confused, filled with grief and disbelief and deeply troubled. Realizing that they were overwhelmed with misunderstanding, the Lord Jesus made a move that He had used many times . . . He made Himself the issue rather than the circumstance or their emotions. He said to them in so many words, “Don’t get caught up in all the emotions of the moment and the things you don’t understand, Believe Me!” He told His disciples they could continue to trust Him even without His bodily presence on earth.
That challenge of the Lord Jesus is still applicable today. Many times confusing things happen. These times have the potential to steal our faith and cause our hearts to be troubled. Sometimes all we need is information—a few facts, a little understanding, and then things are resolved. But other moments defy answers. Perhaps it is the doctor’s report, the loss of a loved one, a troubled child, or times of disappointment that seem beyond explanation. During those moments we must listen to Jesus saying, “Believe in Me. I’m doing something that is beyond you.”
Today listen for His voice saying “I’ll take you through this, but be still and remain confident in Me.”