An Unparalleled Promise


‘Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.’ –John 14:1 (NKJV)


The Greek verb here for ‘troubled’ literally means ‘to agitate’ or ‘to stir up.’ In context, Jesus was commanding the disciples not to allow their emotions to spin out of control because He was about to be taken away from them. The same is true for us. No matter what happens in life, it is not the Lord’s will that we should allow our hearts to be agitated or stirred up. He wants us to maintain control over our feelings and to have a stable and secure outlook on life. Jesus’ word to the disciples back then is the same word to us today: ‘Let not your heart be troubled.’


The circumstances of life are bound to challenge this. An unexpected phone call in the middle of the night, an untimely knock on the door, a ‘surprise’ piece of mail–these are all things that have the potential to stir us up. But Jesus went on to share a promise that towers above all the real and imagined troubles of this life:


‘In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3 NKJV)


What an anchor for the soul! No matter what may happen in this life, Jesus has promised that He is preparing a heavenly habitation for us and that He will be coming back to receive us. But the best part of this promise is that we will finally be with our precious Lord and Savior!


The things of this world (troubles and all) will ultimately mean nothing in the splendid light of His eternal glory. We need to take some time today to reflect on this unparalleled promise. Nothing will calm our troubled hearts quicker than dwelling on the fact that Jesus is coming back to rescue us from this world.