REPLACE WORRY WITH FAITH
John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
The word 'let' can be used to express a warning. 'Let' also means to allow or to permit something to happen or someone to act. In the verse of focus, 'Let' is used as an imperative; a command or instruction. Jesus, on the verge of His crucifixion and His inevitable departure from this world, said to His disciples, "Let not your heart be troubled." Jesus knew that the disciples would have been troubled, concerned and anxious about the uncertain future, especially His crucifixion.
In the words, 'Let not your heart be troubled' Jesus was saying, do not allow your minds to be perplexed. Remain calm and composed; no matter what is happening; in spite of what the future holds; and regardless of what is around the corner. Jesus wanted the disciples to develop an attitude of peace and calmness even in the face of uncertainty. He desires the same for us.
We become worried when we allow our minds to dwell on the situations that are disturbing and distressing. God has given us the power of choice, therefore, with the aid of the Holy Spirit our minds can be controlled. We should not permit the perturbing
situations of life to take up residence in our minds. Negative thoughts can drown us and rob us of life. Worrying cannot change the situation; but faith in God can. Therefore, replace worry with faith.
The admonition of Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things," is applicable to each one, for healthy living. Our verse of focus concludes with the very profound words of encouragement, "ye believe in God, believe also in me." Belief in God is our propeller, as we manoeuvre through life.
Consequently, as our faith in God grows, our life experiences are enriched. God knows the future. Relying on His promises strengthens the mind. A healthy mind produces a healthy body to ultimately praise God.