Topic: Trusting in the Triune God
Text; John 14:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. NIV
The Bible said, to lean not on your own understanding but to trust in God. I realize there are times that it is very difficult, nearly feel impossible to carry through. As we grow more each day the believer who started to trust in God will see the Truth in these words. To fathom how great God actually is too great and falls outside of our limited comprehension.
The more we accept this Truth, the lighter the burden is on our hearts. Jesus encourages His disciples that the road ahead would be hard, but believe in God and in Him will lessen the burden.
Let us first know that the God whom we serve is a Triune God-
These Three Persons are one (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are:
- Co-Exist Webster Dictionary defines Trust-
“His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.” NIV Notice:
- They looked one upon another with anxiety and concern, and Christ looked upon them to comfort. Christ took notice of it and perhaps it was apparent in their looks for John 13:22, said,
- They now began to be troubled, and when trouble mounts up on every side, disbelief will enter in. Let us not forget that temptation is always present and surround them to set them up for complete failing in Christ.
- Jesus gives a general caution to his disciples against trouble of heart (v. 1): “Let not your heart be troubled.”
- In chapter 14, it deals largely with specific encouragements to counterbalance the departure of Jesus, the defection of Judas, and the predicted failure of Peter.
- It is a firm belief in the honesty, reliability of another; confident expectation, and hope.
- Christ had just told them that a betrayer was among them, this troubled them.
- He had just told them of his own departure from them, that he should not only go away, but go away in a cloud of sufferings, this trouble them.
- They would shortly hear the reproaches, and riotous actions of the people, this trouble them.
- They must see Christ barbarously abused and put to death, all this trouble them. To add insult to the pain Peter, the leader of the apostolic group, was going to fail, it is no wonder their hearts were troubled:
- Everything seemed on the verge of collapse.
- A renewed faith in God was necessary.
- The cause of Jesus seemed faced with defeat; so faith in Jesus was more needful than ever.
- Every fresh test as well as every new revelation is a summons to faith.
- They were shamefully disappointed; for they looked and hoped that He would be the Deliverer for Israel.
- That He would set upon his kingdom over the secular power in glory, and with this expectation they had forsaken everything to follow Him.
- Now, if Christ leaves the world in the same circumstances of meanness and poverty in which He had lived, and worse, they were quite defeated. Christ departure would reveal:
- They would feel sadly deserted and exposed.
- They knew in Him they could summon the strength and faith to run this race, but alone was a different story.
- They could count upon nothing but being ruined and run down if they parted with their Master. What happen when your trust is broken? What happens when your faith falters? What happens to your belief? What happens when reasoning and logical explanations fall short or just not adequate? What happens when you just can’t find an answer? Each day we are tempted and challenged with trials and tribulations, but we must go forth. I can offer a suggestion, look to Acts: 27:25, where Paul affirms and embraces two things:
- Be of good cheer, why?
- For I believe God. When hope seems to be lost and the prospects of getting through seems impossible; if you can summits the strength to stay on the course to believe God has not nor will not forsake you, then personally as a living witness my testimony is “your morning is coming.”
Lastly, God commanded Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt from slavery into the Promised Land Canaan. God declared, “I am the God who was worshipped by your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, Jacob” (Ex.3:1-6). Moses asked what God’s name was, God replied, “tell them that the Lord, whose name is “I Am”, has sent you” (Ex.3:13-15).
The Hebrew name Yahweh is most likely related to the Hebrew verb “to be” and so may mean “I am the one who is” or “I will be what I will be” or “I am the one who causes to be.”
These possible meanings of the sacred name show that Yahweh is the God who is, will be, and causes to be. In John, Jesus uses the term “I am” to connect himself to these aspects of God’s nature and to describe what God has given Him to do for His people. Jesus is:
- The one who supplies all needs
- I am the bread that gives life
- I am the light of the world
- I am the gate for the sheep
- I am the way, truth and the life
- I am the true vine
By making these comparisons, Jesus shows that He has been in God’s plan from the beginning: even before Abraham was, I was, and I am (Jn.8:58).