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September 12, 2021                                   

 

 “Let not your Heart be troubled,”

 

John 14:1-4  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  (2)  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.  (3)  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.  (4)  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

 

    The Lord Jesus spoke these words to His disciples knowing perfectly well the heart-wrenching pain, sorrow and despair each of them would soon be experiencing.  He knew all the seemingly unanswerable questions, the doubts, and the fears.  He knew a few of them would have the horrible image of His crucifixion and death etched forever in their minds.  Others would have to bear the deep, cruel, unforgiving scars of unimaginable shame and guilt as they recalled the moment they denied and forsook their Master and Friend.

 

    Jesus knew each of His followers intimately.  There were no secrets from the One who knows all things.  He knew every fault, every failure, every sin in perfect loathsome detail, yet in His wondrous grace and mercy, He chose to set His love upon them.

 

John 10:27-30  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  (28)  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (29)  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.  (30)  I and my Father are one.

 

     What a blessing to know that this same Lord, is speaking these same comforting words to you and to me today, Let not your heart be troubled:

   

   How well most of us know that troubled, sorrowful, grieving and broken hearts are an inevitable reality in this sin-cursed world in which we sojourn. Yet in His infinite and sovereign wisdom, God has designed and purposed all things according to His own perfect and immutable plan.  He is saying to each of us, “Do not be troubled, do not fear, whatever you are going through now is but for a moment, for I have gone to prepare a place for you.”
 

2 Corinthians 4:14-17 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  (15)  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  (16)  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  (17)  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  (18)  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

     Our blessed Lord and dearest Friend does not want us to live in doubt and despair.  He wants us not to be troubled, but to TRUST!

 

Trust Him because of His Perfect Person.

John 10:14-17  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  (15)  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.  (16)  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  (17)  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

 

Trust Him because of His Perpetual Presence.

 

John 14:16-18  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  (17)  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  (18)  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

 

Trust Him because of His Preeminent Power.

 

John 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

Trust Him because of His Prevailing Purpose.

 

Ephesians 1:11-12  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  (12)  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

 

Trust Him because of His Precious Promise.

 

Titus 2:13-14  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  (14)  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

     Praise God, no matter how big the giant or how hot the fire, He is ever faithful to carry His children victoriously through every trouble and every trial and into the joyous comfort of His everlasting arms.

 

 

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