We all have trouble in our lives. It comes in many forms, but, regardless of the form, it can plague us. And this trouble can psychologically affect us. We begin to worry and despair. Anxiety and doubt cloud our thinking, dominate the hours of our days, and escalate to the point where we can no longer function. When we let the trouble we encounter trouble our hearts, it can render us motionless in life, seemingly useless.
But there is hope in our trouble, and it is found in Christ. In John 14, Jesus encourages his disciples with a command "Let not your hearts be troubled." But Jesus is not just saying "Stop being troubled." He gives us an alternative to troubled hearts. That alternative is Faith! Christ calls on his disciples to place their faith in Christ. "You believe in God, believe also in Me." Jesus commends faith to combat troubled hearts.
Our circumstances trouble us because our faith is misplaced. Take the example of being troubled at a downturn in the stock market. If we are trusting in our investments to provide financial security, then it is no wonder that when those investments suffer, our confidence in our financial security also suffers, leaving us biting our nails every time we look at the market's conditions. If the thing I am trusting in fails, then worry, doubt, and despair are bound to crop up in my life.
This is why Christ asks us to trust in Him instead of being troubled. Faith in Christ is a sure thing. He will never fail! Instead of leaving us with doubt or worry, faith in Christ grants us confidence. Trusting in Christ is the only hope for troubled hearts. So instead of trusting in my financial investments, my trust is in Christ, who promises to provide all I need. When we replace the trouble of our hearts with faith in Christ, our hearts can rest, confident in our Christ, who will never fail us!
So if you find your heart troubled today, look at your faith. Replace your confidence in broken things with confidence in Christ!
The Quill and the Sword is the blog of Pastor Phil Golden Jr. The quill represents the writings of the author and the sword is the Word of God. This blog is committed to producing engaging articles that are biblically based. The painting above is Eugene Siberdt's Martin Luther Translating the Bible.