Reading: John 14: 1-14
Verse One: Do not let your heart’s be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
Faith is a journey. At times we feel our faith is strong and is mature. We feel like we are well-connected to Jesus. Our daily walk includes time in the Word and time in prayer. Part of our week always includes worship and maybe even a small group time. We clearly see how Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”. We have a quiet assurance that Jesus is leading our lives and we hold onto His promise of “a room prepared for us”.
And then we don’t. Something happens. Someone says or does something. Satan exposes a crack and suddenly there is a chasm between us and our faith, between us and Jesus. Satan uses lies, doubts, fears, anxiety, and much more to make us question our faith and to question Jesus. Our mind becomes filled with questions like “Why?” and “How?”. Soon that faith and assurance seems like a distant memory. It can happen so fast. We’ve all been there.
Passages like today’s speak into moments like these. When we still our hearts and minds and really read Jesus’ words, our feet return to the path of our faith journey. We hear Jesus’ voice saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”. Jesus has us. He is there for us in the midst of our trial or suffering and He will be there again and again and again. In His voice, we hear again that the room is prepared for us. No one can cancel our reservation.
In the passage we also see that we are not alone in our meandering and lack of understanding. Even the disciples don’t always remain steadfast and they don’t always get it. Thomas and Philip voice the questions we have at times. They ask Jesus to show them the way and to show them the Father. Jesus is patient and loving in doing so. We too seek Jesus’ guidance and direction often to know the way to go or to discern even the next step. At other times we seek to encounter Jesus, to feel His power in our lives. All of these things are things Jesus wants to do. It is His promise: “I will do whatever you ask in my name”. What do you need Jesus to do today?