Friday, September 17, 2021
Comfort for the Stressed-Out
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1 NLT).
Recent research has shown that the United States is the most stress-ridden nation on the planet. And this generation, according to experts, is the most stressed-out in American history.
That’s why these words of Christ are so relevant: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. . . .When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:1-3 NLT).
This is a pivotal point in the Gospel of John. Jesus was saying to His disciples, “It’s true that I’m going away. And where I am going, you can’t come right now. But I don’t want you to be stressed out and agitated and worried.”
Then Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth” (verses 16-17 NLT). In other words, “I’m not going to leave you without help or hope. I’m going to send the Holy Spirit.”
When Jesus walked this earth, the disciples had a privilege that we don’t have. They were with Him in person.
He was saying, “I’m going to leave you, but I will send the Holy Spirit, who will do a unique work in your life. He will seal you, guide you, and advocate for you. And He will empower you and fill you again and again.”
What was true for the disciples in the first century is true for followers of Jesus Christ today. To those who are afraid, to those who are stressed-out and agitated, Jesus says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
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