How often do we let things agitate and disturb our peace?
For me, the answer is everyday. A headache, lack of sleep, a nasty remark, pressure, anxiety…the list is endless.
In John 13, Jesus had just told his disciples that he was getting ready to die and leave them. Chapter 14 opens with their state of mind upon hearing those words.
“Let not your hearts be troubled.” Clearly they were agitated and distressed by the news of his leaving them.
How did Jesus comfort them then?
He didn’t say work harder, believe more, or pray more fervently. What he said was, “Believe in God; believe also in me.”
In other words, “Trust me.”
Then he reminded them he was going away in order to get the house ready for when he came to take them home, so they could all be together with him.
Sounds like a party to me.
But then Thomas (he of a literal mind) asked the question I would have asked: “Where are you going and how do I get there?”
The answer: Jesus was Thomas’ ticket home. Nobody gets through the door without him.
Another way of saying this is:
Jesus is the head of the family and you need him to get in.
And the way in is by remembering that Jesus is your life. Don’t look for it in work, relationships, hobbies, ministry, or your devotions.
This is true for this life and the next.
So if Jesus has given you everything you need, you can rest in his care. He already fixed your greatest need – your sin.
He’s not going to drop the ball now.