"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: August 5

“Let not your heart be troubled …” ~ John 14:1a

Jesus said this. To those who have never received Him as their very life this is an impossible and almost ridiculous statement! When every fiber of our being cries out under the load of suffering that comes when the troubles press, we cannot be peaceful. It isn’t that we do not want to be peaceful. We simply cannot.

And yet, here is the Son of God saying “Let not your heart be troubled.”

Our rebellion at this command of the dear Lord Jesus, on the night before they killed Him, comes from a careless misunderstanding of what He is really saying, I [Eugenia Price, the author] believe. He faced the world’s greatest tragedy as He spoke these words to His disciples that night. His Cross was very real. He did not for one minute imply that it was not real. That it would never happen. “He set His face toward Jerusalem.” His entire earthly life had been filled with trouble and He still faced the darkest hours up ahead.

And yet, wanting so to warn His beloved ones about life, as it is, but so to instruct them of the victory soon to be made possible by His death and resurrection, He said this apparently contradictory thing: “Let not your heart be troubled …”

Jesus did not say we would have no troubles in life. He said that when trails and suffering come, we are not to allow them to trouble our hearts. We are to believe in Him and we are to act as though we believe in Him. And believing in Him means believing in His love because He is love. Face these great simplicities right now in your time of suffering from trouble and care. Face them in the light of what Jesus has already done on Calvary. “Let not your heart be troubled …”

“… he careth for you.”

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