(John 14:1) (Jesus is speaking) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
It was about 11:30 this morning when I was sitting down thinking of ideas for this week’s “Bytes of Bread” and I was coming up empty. Then my phone rang. It was one of my shut-ins calling to tell me her Aunt was not feeling well. So I hurried back to the house grabbed the keys to the Jeep and hopped in. And as I was backing out of the garage I was thinking about what devotion to share with my shut-in as I was looking for my Bible. And when I looked back up to see where I was going I noticed I had turned too soon and my front fender nailed the garage. Needless to say when I got out to look at the damage the fender was dented and the blinker light was smashed in.
And as I continued on my way to my visit I could not stop being angry with myself, I could not stop thinking about my carelessness, and I was troubled about how much it was going to cost to fix and how my wife was going to react. Then I arrived at my shut-in’s house. And as I saw how miserable she was feeling and how worried she was my thoughts quickly turned solely to her. And as we visited I shared God’s word with her and I gave her the Lord’s Supper and I saw how God comforted her heart with his word and with his body and blood. I saw her forget about her earthly troubles as a tear ran down her cheek as she stopped focusing on her pain and was comforted by what her Savior had done for her and the heaven that he has prepared for her.
And as I left my shut-in’s house I realized that the dent in my Jeep was not a big deal. During my visit God’s word not only worked on my shut-in’s heart but on my heart as well. God’s word reminded me that cars, possessions, money, jobs, and the things of this world they don’t last forever and they aren’t what’s really important and so it is not worth letting these things bring troubles and worries into our lives.
This morning my shut in helped me put my life back into perspective. She helped to remind me to not let my heart be troubled by the meaningless, trivial things of this world but to put my trust in God and what Jesus has done for me because it is when we trust in Jesus that we have real peace and joy here on this earth.
And so no matter what trouble you are facing today or this week listen to Jesus and “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” But trust in God and trust in his son Jesus because he has taken care of the one thing that is most important in our lives – our spiritual welfare, by dying on the cross, saving us from our sins, and preparing for us a home in heaven. And because he has done all of this for us we know that no matter what happens here on this earth our hearts do not need to be troubled because of what Jesus has done for us!
Living with a heart at peace because of Jesus just like you,