Week of January 13
Our world is filled with empty promises; anyone can claim anything. But only Jesus Christ delivered on His claim to be the divine Son of God. The disciples had left everything to follow Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the anointed Son of God. They were excited and thrilled with the miracles they witnessed. They were impressed by His exercise of spiritual authority. His teaching encouraged them. And now Jesus was telling them of His death, and that one of them would betray Him.
Jesus knew the disciples were confused and discouraged. Therefore, He comforted them with these words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).
If you feel that the frenzy of the world is consuming you, remember that you have a Savior who loves you and who will fight for you. Don’t become worried and anxious. Jesus is near to you. He has promised never to leave you, no matter how dark life seems to be. Don’t let sorrows and suffering take joy from you. Jesus has a place for you with your name written over it. “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” (John 14:2).
No matter how many times you see the hand of God working in your life or experience His provision, it is easy to lose sight of God’s love and faithfulness. If you only focus on your current difficulty or discouragement, you may lose sight of His blessings and promises.
Don’t become discouraged. Despondency says things are hopeless, and life is aimless. Jesus says there is hope beyond suffering and the grave. There is a way out of all difficulties. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He will never let you down. He will not forsake you.
The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble (Proverbs 19:23).
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