Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

I’m not exactly sure of how true this little factoid is, but I stumbled upon this: “No matter how scrambled it may look, one is never more than 20 moves away from solving a Rubik’s Cube.”

After reading this, I stopped and thought of how many times I have attempted to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Matching all the colors on a weird little cube isn’t so easy! But according to what I have heard, I could have solved it in twenty moves. Sure, I wouldn’t exactly know which moves to make, but it’s possible!

Connection: I believe fixing problems and walking through trials is sort of like solving a Rubik’s Cube.

No matter how scrambled our life is and upside down our situation may seem, there is always a resolution. Now I’m not saying that if we try 20 different moves with our lives we’ll get lucky and end up solving the whole thing.

What I’m saying is that hope is closer than it appears, no matter if we feel like we’re going through some of the darkest times of our life.

True, we may be completely lost and really have no idea how to go about getting out of these difficult situations or unpleasant circumstances. But at the same time, there is a God who knows. He knows all the right “algorithms”, and through His Spirit, we are guided to our solution. And that solution might just be finding peace and satisfaction in Him.

In John 14, Jesus is comforting his disciples and promising the Holy Spirit to them.

I am going to type out (not copy and paste, but actually type out letter by letter) this chapter. Just as I’ll be soaking these truths in word by word, I pray that my readers will allow themselves to soak in these truths as well. God’s Word moves in awesome ways and I believe there is something vital within this passage that each person needs to hear. I also ask that you keep the Rubik’s Cube metaphor in mind as you read and contemplate on unsolved things in your life that you can give up to God.

John 14:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that 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. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (v. 1-4)

Stop and let that sink in. There is a spot waiting for us in heaven where we will be able to be with Jesus face to face and worship Him in complete awe and surrender. I haven’t been able to get something out of my mind that my grandma reminded me of last week: In heaven, we are given PERFECT bodies. Not better bodies, but PERFECT ones. No more pain, no more defects, no more acne, no more disabilities! And even better, we’ll be surrounded by perfection! We’ll sing in perfect harmony with heaven’s angelic choir and we’ll be in a perfect place where no danger or  harm can come our way. We will shed no more tears!

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (v. 5-14)

Stop and let that sink in. These are powerful words! Jesus is telling Philip that he will do whatever Philip does and asks for in his name. How often do We doubt our abilities here on this earth? If we have God in our hearts, no power on this earth can come against us! Why? Because God is our strength and salvation! Jesus defeated all things on the cross! So if we have faith in that, why can’t we command healing in Jesus’ name? Why can’t we cast out evil and feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread? WE CAN. We are told in Matthew 17:20 that “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Why do we so often put Jesus in a box and believe that he can’t move in miraculous ways through us and all around us? Ask and you shall receive!

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But Lord, why do you intend to show yourselves to us and not to the world?”

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (v. 15-27)

Stop and let that sink in. We are given the Holy Spirit. In case you don’t realize how amazing and powerful that is, here are some verses that might help:

(Romans 5:5) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

(Romans 8:5-6) Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires;
but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

(Romans 8:11) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

(Romans 8:26-27) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

(1 Corinthians 2:10-14) The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

(1 Corinthians 12:7-9) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit…

(2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Again, I remind you that we have the Holy Spirit if we have faith in Jesus Christ! That is awesome!

Continuing with Jesus speaking in John 14:

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave.” (v. 28-31)

Yes, Satan is all around us, working against us. He tries to tear us away from God and thwart God’s plan for our lives. However, we have the strength of God and the power of the Spirit within us that can stand against whatever schemes and attacks are thrown our way. No matter what you are facing in your life, do not let your hearts be troubled. We have promises from God that we can have hope in and we have the victory on the cross that we can celebrate!

I hope that you finish reading this with a sense of awe and wonder in God and a feeling of empowerment as well. There are things that happen in this world that we can’t always make sense of, like a Rubik’s Cube that just can’t seem to be solved. But with Christ in our hearts, we can stand firm in the truth that God is working all things for our good and He has a plan for us. We will make it out of any storm that comes our way and we can find peace in our Savior.

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