As with many challenges of life, the answers are hidden in plain sight in the word of God. In John 14 Jesus speaks to the disciples and says, ‘don’t let your hearts be troubled’. To many, troubled hearts are something that we have got used to, we take it as par for the course of life. And yes, we will have troubles (John 16:33), but we are not to let the troubles be the commanding narrative. The simple solution of Jesus is to believe in God, and Jesus and as you continue reading John’s Gospel, receiving the Holy Spirit.
It all sounds so simple, and your answer is, yes I do believe. But why do so many walk day to day with troubles? Why does the narrative of life seem to speak louder than the words of Jesus and us experiencing His promise. I would suggest that our fundamental issue is unbelief and a lack of trust. We don’t fully believe that Jesus will make a difference and we don’t fully trust Him.
He is able. He doesn’t promise that there won’t be troubles. But He does promise that the troubles around us don’t need to be the commanding voice. James in his famous opening words says, ‘consider it pure Joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4). In the midst of our troubles there is always joy, in the midst of what could be a worrying or anxious moment there is always peace, and it begins with belief in God. Whatever you are facing, and I don’t mean this in a trite manner, He literally is the answer.
It takes a degree of determination in the middle of troubled anxious thinking to turn our thoughts towards God. It doesn’t feel like it is intuitive, it is the message of the world that says we can solve this in our own strength. If only we would believe His words!
Paul picks up this thought in Colossians 3:1-4 ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.’
Paul is reminding them of their eternal position, that they are raised with Christ, and the glory that awaits. Turn your thoughts towards the Lord today, there is no promise that the troubles around us will go away but I do know in Him there is peace in any storm. There is wisdom, there is grace to endure, more than that, grace to enjoy the Lord whatever life may throw at us.