Sunday’s Scripture –May 10, 2020
John 14-17 is known as the Farewell Discourse. Mostly written in red, it’s Jesus’s parting words to his disciples and it is full of instructions and encouragement. Jesus begins with this:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)
Clearly, the disciples had some troubled hearts. Tension had steadily been growing all throughout Jesus’s ministry and was about to reach its boiling point that Passover weekend. No doubt you could cut the tension in Jerusalem, and in that Upper Room, with a knife. Jesus told his friends over and over again that he would have to suffer and die, and his friends were no longer able to deny it. In short, emotions were running high.
Is your heart troubled today? Do you have many fears, distractions, anxieties? If so, count yourself among Jesus’s closest friends.
And yet, Jesus’s instructions are clear: Do not let your heart be troubled. According to Jesus, we have more control over our hearts than we think.
It’s all the craze these days to de-clutter our closets and our houses. But, what about the nooks and crannies of our hearts? What thoughts do we let live there, taking up space that could otherwise be full of God’s love for us and through us? Have we ever considered de-cluttering our hearts?
We do not have to be subject to every fleeting thought. Rather, we can “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) We can choose what thoughts take up residence in our hearts to stay and which ones to bag up and pitch.
Ultimately, though, what we do with a troubled heart is surrender. Like Jesus, we pray with the Psalmist, “into Your hand I commit my spirit.” A heart without trouble is a surrendered heart.
As Christ yielded to the Father, so we yield to Christ. After all, the life of Jesus is a powerful picture of what God can do with a surrendered life. The happiest, most peaceful, most free heart is one wholly surrendered to the Sovereign and Trustworthy One.
May you say with confidence today, that there is no trouble in my heart.
- Is the idea of de-cluttering your heart helpful for you? What might this process look like for you?
- When was the last time you visited the nook and crannies of your life?
- What is taking up space in your heart that causes it to feel troubled?