Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1NLT). His words—“Don’t let your hearts be troubled”—imply that we have control over worry and fear’s role in our lives. We can choose to let them run rampant or we can choose to trust God instead.
Letting our hearts be troubled brings us no benefit whatsoever. Worry can’t change what’s already happened and it won’t help resolve the current challenge. It does, however, encourage fear to take root. It makes it difficult for us to rest well at night and ties our stomach into knots.
I’ve let my heart be troubled too many times to count, and guess what? Doing so has never made my life easier. So why live like that, right?
When life hands us difficult situations, we don’t have to let them disturb our inner peace.
If we take Jesus seriously, then we can rest assured that trusting in God is the better way to respond. Here are five good reasons for choosing that better way:
- God promises His presence. He is with us no matter what happens in the course of a day. Why, then, should we be afraid or anxious? (Joshua 1:9)
- God promises to give us wisdom, and lots of it. When we face circumstances that baffle us, we can ask Him for insight, and He will answer. (James 1:5)
- God promises victory. He’s on our side if we belong to Him. Who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)
- God promises to turn negative situations into something good. He specializes in transforming the bad into beauty, the sad into splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)
- God promises joy. Sorrow may last for a night, He says, but joy comes in the morning. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. (Psalm 30:5)
When I read those five reasons, I feel as though the title for today’s post doesn’t do justice to Jesus. It should read , “Infinite Reasons to Trust God.” Seriously—the five reasons I’ve listed here barely scratch the surface.
Would you join me in doing something special today? How about let’s band together and list as many reasons as we can for why God is trustworthy? If someone posts your idea before you get to doing it, go ahead and post your idea anyway.