Text; John 14:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. NIV
The Bible teaches believers to trust the Word of God and to obey His Word. I realize there are times to follow this directive can be challenging. Our steps are daily efforts striving to walk Christ like in the midst of trials and tribulations. Remember our minds falls short to understanding the capacity of God’s mind.
Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as a firm belief in the honesty, reliability of another; confident expectation; hope.
This five letter word packs a powerful meaning. A firm belief in the honesty of God ability to do what He said He will do. Our challenge as believers is to remain consistent and faithful to God and not wavier as soon a problem comes our way.
Jesus encourages His disciples that the road ahead would be hard, but believing in God and in Him will lessen their burden.
God is a Triune God. This means three Persons in one (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are Co-Eternal; Co-Equal and Co-Exist. In Genesis chapter one God said, “let us create man in our image.” The three were there together from the beginning.
In our scripture lesson the 14th chapter deals largely with specific encouragements to counterbalance the departure of Jesus; the defection of Judas; and the predicted failure of Peter.
Jesus gives a general caution to his disciples against trouble of heart (v. 1): “Let not your heart be troubled.”
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 and us to be set up for failure in life which will translate in doubting Christ.
They had looked at each other with anxiety and concern, and Christ looked upon them to comfort them. I believe Christ must have taken notice of this and perhaps gives justification for John 13:22, which said,
“His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.” NIV
In the following verses Christ drops some heavy words: Notice:
- A betrayer was among them
- His departure from them was at hand
- The reproaches, and riotous actions of the people will be set against them
- They will witness the barbaric abused and treatment before His death all this trouble them.This truly troubled them. Then to add insult to the pain, Peter, their leader of the apostolic group will fail and deny Christ three times. What do you do when everything seems to be on the verge of collapse? They needed a renewed faith in God. They felt let down; disappointed for they had hoped He (Christ) would be the Deliverer for Israel. That He would set up His kingdom over the secular power and with this expectation they had forsaken everything to follow Him. Now, if Christ leaves the world in the same circumstances and condition in which He had lived or even worse, what hope did they have? They had sold out and place all their trust in Him.What happen when your trust is broken? What happens when your faith falters? What happens when your belief fails? What happens when reasoning and logical explanations fall short or just is not adequate? What happens when you just can’t find an answer?All these concerns rose to a pitching fever as they search for answers and hope. Does that sound any different to our situations and circumstances? Each day we are tempted and challenged with trials and tribulations, but we must go forth.Paul offers and affirms two things that can help us.
- In Acts: 27:25, we are to:
- Be of good cheer, why?
- For I believe God. James affirms this again in his words James 1:2-3 “… count it all joy when ye fall into diver temptations … knowing the trying of your faith worketh patience.” When hope seems to be lost and the prospect of getting through seem impossible we need to remember to trust and obey. God has not nor will not forsake you, for 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).
- Jesus is the “I am”:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Who supplies all your needs
- The bread of life
- The light of the world
- The gate for my sheep
- I am the true vine
- The way, truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father except by me.
The hymnist wrote “trust and obey, for there is no other the way to be happy in Jesus, is to trust and obey.”