Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Choosing Trust over Turmoil

Sep 9, 2023

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1, NIV)

Uncertainty, fear, and turmoil often cloud our hearts. We worry about our families, our jobs, our health, and so much more. In the midst of this whirlwind, Jesus provides a calming voice in today’s scripture, directly speaking to our troubled hearts. He gives us an imperative that is also a promise: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Jesus speaks these words to his disciples just before his impending crucifixion. They are about to witness his arrest, torture, and death, which would shake their world. Despite the approaching storm, Jesus offers comfort and peace. He assures them that their trust in God can be equally placed in him.

By saying “Believe in God; believe also in me,” Jesus is affirming his unity with the Father. He is declaring that he is trustworthy and capable of carrying our worries and fears. Our belief in Jesus is not blind faith but is rooted in the trust that he is who he says he is – our Savior, Redeemer, and Comforter.

This scripture invites us to lay aside our worries and doubts and to trust in Jesus, whose promises are reliable and secure. When we choose trust over turmoil, we are aligning our hearts with God’s promises and his unwavering love for us.

Yet, Jesus’ words are not a magical formula to erase our troubles instantly. Instead, they are an invitation to a trust-filled relationship with him. It is in this relationship that our troubled hearts find rest and peace.

So, when turmoil seeks to overwhelm you, remember Jesus’ comforting words. Don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God, and also trust in Jesus, for He will never let you down.

Wonder in the Word

In what areas of your life are you experiencing turmoil and how can placing your trust in Jesus bring peace to those situations?