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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”-
“Don’t worry. Everything will be OK.”
How often we hear those words from our friends when we are anxious, disappointed, discouraged, hurting, or grieving.
We appreciate their concern and support thanking them accordingly. Meanwhile, an inner voice expresses our real feelings. “That’s easy for you to say. You’re not the one with the problem.”
Words of comfort often miss the mark and do little to relieve the burden. The suffering or dilemma is too severe to be mended by words.
In yesterday’s Forever Notebook devotional, I referred to Matthew 11:28 where Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” And in today’s selected scripture, Jesus comforts His disciples with a similar expression, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Unfortunately, we often take Jesus’ words of comfort with the same grain of salt applied to the comforting words of our friends. But we shouldn’t because the Lord’s encouragement is backed by divine power and authority.
I can TELL you “everything will be okay.” Jesus can MAKE everything okay. Maybe He won’t solve your situation precisely as you want it. But He will give you all you need to endure. In the end, the Lord will give you something better than before.
Jesus’ words always come with a promise. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Again He offers these comforting words that come with a promise, “Do not let your hearts be troubled… I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Jesus’ words of comfort are backed by His supernatural power to fulfill His promises. His assurances are never shallow or meaningless, and they should not be dismissed as such.
Not only should you believe Jesus great words of comfort and promises of divine aid, but you also must follow His instructions for accessing His help. He says, “Come to me.” And “Trust in God; trust also in me.” Faith is essential to appropriating God’s promises.
A few years ago, my granddaughter came down with the flu. Trying to take her mind off her sickness, I asked her if I could get her anything to make her feel better.
“Yes,” she said, feebly.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Make the hurt go away.”
When I told her that Gram and Granddad would take care of her, she believed what we said. Even though she was hurting, she trusted us to take care of her. She was confident we would take the hurt away. That’s the child-like faith Jesus commended. It’s faith that takes the Lord at His word.
Faith in Jesus always gives us hope in a better tomorrow. Don’t go through your pain alone. Accept the comforting encouragement of friends. More importantly, trust the promises of Christ. He will lighten your burden, give you rest, change your outlook, and restore your joy. Go to Him today.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Friends Helping Friends
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.