“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1 NASB
“Do not let your heart be troubled.” Jesus said this to the Disciples as a way to prepare them for what would be happening soon – His death and resurrection.
Notice the word, “let,” in that statement. Basically Jesus is telling us that we determine if we are disturbed or overwhelmed by a situation. We have a choice, but many times it’s difficult to see a choice when our world feels like it’s crashing-in all around us.
Have you ever let your thoughts spiral out of control? I know I have.
Unfortunately, on more than one occasion, I have lay in bed waiting for sleep to come, but slumber is pushed away by the thoughts and worries that swirl around in my head. Sometimes, tears stream down my face when I think about what might happen or might not happen.
When our hearts are troubled, it can be exhausting. I find it to also not be very productive either. Sure, we are human and we feel pain and all kinds of emotions. However, when we allow those feelings to bring us to a place where we are deeply troubled or anxious, John tells us that we should believe in the Father and Son.
When I have moments where my thoughts are racing towards a dark place, one of the fastest ways I have learned to turn anxiety, fear and stress around is to pray Scriptures.
I begin to speak to myself about what the Word of God says about me. I meditate on the Lord’s love for me and all that concerns me. I remember what He accomplished on the Cross for me. I recall the numerous ways He has blessed me, protected me or provided for me in the past.
Because He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, I know that if He took care of me in the past, He will continue to do so. Isaiah 61 sums up nicely the healing and restorative power of His great love for us:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV
If you find yourself having heart trouble, remember to use CPR:
Call on the name of the Lord.
Pray using the Word of God.
Remember His faithfulness.