John 14:1-6, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you: I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
We live in a world filled with trouble, and its perilous conditions are getting worse every day. We have all had events in our lives that so bothered and so upset us that we are unable to remove them from our minds. Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled…” From this admonishment we can see two important facts: 1) We aren’t supposed to live in a troubled state. 2) We are responsible to change this mindset.
In verse 1 the word “troubled” means to be worried, agitated, or stormy. It is the same word that would be used to describe a terrible storm on the weather report. It is also the word used when the angel of God stirred the waters at the pool of Bethesda. How do we hit the reset button on our minds in a time of turmoil? By focusing your attention of four Biblical truths, we can renew our troubled minds.
Be looking for the return of our Savior. Paul had a storm brewing in his heart as he talked about the things which troubled him: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians 4:8-9.) He was hedged in by every imaginable kind of trial and seemed ready to collapse, until he refocuses his attention in verse 14. With great anticipation he glances toward a future day when “he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus” (II Corinthians 5:14.) When you are filled with trouble and surrounded by the pressures of life on every side, look ahead to the soon return of our Savior!!
Never lose sight of the rescue from sin’s penalty. Those who are outside of Christ are without hope and have only eternal trouble to look forward to after death. We have a bright future waiting for us. For this reason Paul admonished the Thessalonians to be mindful of their rescue from the penalty, and to wait for his son from heaven, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10.)
Constantly place an emphasis on the reaping of souls. Paul had a reward awaiting him on the other side, a reward not made up of material things or riches. His reward was the fruit of the harvest. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ?” (I Thessalonians 2:19.) When you experience trouble in your mind, take advantage of the great opportunity to sow the gospel seed. Look forward to that day when you will reap the harvest of souls God promises to them that faithfully witness for Him.
Maintain a right standing with God at all times. As children of God we are to keep ourselves in an unhindered relationship with God. Paul encourages us to be in the position of “unblameable in holiness before God” (I Thessalonians 3:13.) Trouble in your life will either drive you away from God or to Him. Don’t allow it to turn you the wrong direction. Often trouble is masterfully and providentially designed by our Father to draw His children close. His desire is that we would bring our troubles to Him, and when we approach with our problems, we quickly discover that He has the answer and relief from all of our troubles!
What is troubling to your mind affects you physically. One example of this is that people who struggle with bitterness become prematurely wrinkled. Don’t allow the trouble in your life to have negative effects on any part of your life. Look to His return, and be mindful of your deliverance from the penalty and power of sin. Labor and pray for souls, and actively stay in a close relationship with Him. Meditate much on His word and His promises relating to trouble. For example: “These things have I written unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33.)