A Heavy Heart


I had never noticed it before.  I had read this particular passage on many occasions, but I had overlooked this one little phrase. Jesus was saying, "in my Father's house are many mansions... I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2 KJV).  But before Jesus said those words-- he made a comment that "stopped me in my tracks" a few days ago.  One little line, "do not let your heart be troubled".

To be honest, it seems like a large part of the time I do have a troubled heart.  There are other words that could be substituted, do not let your heart be... worried - depressed - stressed - discouraged - frustrated.  Whatever word you want to use, it is still a troubled - heavy heart.

What prompted Jesus to say this?  Peter had asked, "Lord, where are you going?"  (John 13:36).  Jesus basically responded by saying, "where I am going--you can't go right now".  Peter was frustrated, depressed, and didn't understand.  Peter had a troubled heart.  The next three words by Jesus were the key to a troubled heart, "trust in God".  Not simply trust, but notice the object of our trust, "in God".

Do you have a troubled - heavy heart today?  Let the words of Jesus speak directly to you and your situation, "Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God..."