“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” John 14:1
The disciples were anxious because the Lord had told them, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. Where I am going you cannot come.” (John 13:33). Peter, speaking what everyone was thinking, wanted to know where He was going and why they could not accompany Him (John 13:36, 37).
They were facing a bewildering, unknown future. After having been with Jesus almost day and night for three years, now He was going away from them? After all His teaching and all His training – after showing them His power, His miracles, and His authority – He was leaving them behind. Why would he abandon them? What would happen to them? What would become of this great movement they had begun?
Jesus understood their fears. That is why He offered them words of comfort and assurance. Notice, though, that He did not say, “Now don’t you worry, everything is going to work out – it’ll all be fine – just wait and see.” He didn’t even tell them, “It’s okay – see this is all part of my plan.” No, the answer Jesus gave them was:
“Trust in God. Trust also in me” (John 14:1b).
In His words rested all the comfort they needed: I am faithful. I am trustworthy. He did not soothe their frazzled minds with the common words of assurance. He was their assurance. They just needed to remember . . .
They had walked with Him and had participated in His mighty acts. They had heard His words, experienced His love, seen His power over the storm and in the storm, felt His hands pouring water on their dusty feet. They knew that He was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). They knew He was their friend (John 15:15).
“Trust in me.”
Beloved, Jesus knows you are afraid and weary. He knows that you can’t see past this moment – this grief, this shock, this heartache, this very hard season. He knows you cannot envision the road ahead and you don’t know what will happen. He knows your anxious heart and He says to you,
“Trust in me.”
Trust in the words He has said – “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Trust in His love. Trust in His faithfulness. Trust in His promise. Trust in the One who gave His life to redeem you from your sins. Trust in the One who rose from the dead to give you eternal life.
Trust in Jesus – there is no greater assurance.