Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks
How many times do we hear people saying cliché’s while they have no idea of the origin. I think some would be surprised to find some of these have some tracings back to scripture. Further evidence in our everyday lives, that while many choose to remain ignorant and argue the presence and influence of Christianity in our daily world, the presence of the Word is everywhere. I have heard many times someone say to another, in attempts to comfort them from fear and worry; “let not your heart be troubled.” This is probably one of the most often spoken quotes, and these words can be found in John 14:27.
“(27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27, ESV).
Simple, yet powerful words of comfort and promise, based upon trust. These words were spoken by Jesus in the time surrounding his imminent crucifixion for those around Him to be comforted and have Trust in the Lord in the difficult days that lay ahead.
Fear and worry are vicious in their consumption of a man’s soul and inner peace. In our lives, we have all experienced the stress of worry and uncertainty, and have seen the consequence in others around us consumed by it, and the effects it has had on their lives.
The words “my peace I give to you…:; Jesus is offering peace through eternal relationship and trust in the Lord. Through our trust and obedience in the Lord, we can find and receive that same true peace He spoke of, unaffected by the uncertainty, the toils, and the troubles of this world that surround us.
Lord I give thanks for all the blessings you have given me, for I am truly blessed. Through my complete trust in you may I come to know your true peace, and may the stress, fears, and worries that surround me in this world be cast aside and leave me without harm. May your spirit fill my heart, and your words guide my actions and spoken word, in my service to thee.
In Jesus’s name we pray,