Do not let your hearts be troubled,” (John 14:1) said Jesus. Does anyone need this message? Of course we do. Just being alive makes us the target for countless fears and anxieties. We worry about ourselves and those dear to us because of the ever-present possibilities of accident and illness and death. Some of us are painfully aware of financial pressures, and some of us have private fears that we wouldn’t care to name. As if our own personal cares were not enough, there’s the threatening international situation. New alarms assault us every day. It’s a frenzied world, and many hearts are troubled. The need for comfort is universal.
Before going any further, we ought to note the difference between being comforted and being comfortable. There are some things we ought not to be comfortable about. We should always be troubled about cruelty and injustice and corruption. When our Lord encouraged His disciples with these words of comfort, He was in the shadow of the cross. He would show by His death that He wasn’t untroubled about sin and its eternal consequences.
We, too, must never be comfortable about sin in ourselves or in the world. The comfort we are talking about is not a sedative to dull us to the truth. There are some things we ought not to be comfortable about.
But in spite of the conditions around us, we can have a quiet heart. Jesus gave His prescription for a quiet heart.
First, the quiet heart is sure of the person of God. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1 KJV). This is the indispensable foundation of a quiet heart. If we have faith in the unchangeable God, we have certainty in the midst of uncertainty.
The quiet heart is also sure of the presence of God. Death confronts us all with its fearsome suggestions of a solitary journey into a dark, cold unknown. Jesus has gone into that world beyond to prepare a place. He will come again and take us to be with Him forever. Faith in a God, whose presence will be mine forever, makes for a quiet heart. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me!” (Psalm 23:4).
These eternal certainties are the secret of a quiet heart, and they can be yours.
Bramwell Tripp, To the Point