Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going.”“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14)

Jesus tells us not to be troubled. He gives us permission not to be troubled.

““Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.” (Daniel 10:12)

Stop and listen to His voice. He hears us! The second half of the story in Daniel is that the angel was delayed 21 days because of the enemy. Even though Daniel waited for 3 weeks to hear a response from God, the Lord heard him right away.

“But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus,[i] because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1)

Joseph was afraid and didn’t know what to do because his fiancee was pregnant, and not with his child. Things were not going as he’d planned in his life! But he heard the Lord’s word telling him not to be afraid. Why? Because Jesus was coming! In Luke 1, the Lord also tells Mary and Zechariah not to be afraid.

“17 In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4)

Fear is a thief. It will steal your joy, your health, your purpose.If you’re gripped in fear, God’s will cannot be fully realized in your life. God does not operate in our strength; He operates in His strength.

Favor

“And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” (Ruth 2:2)

Grace is undeserved favor from the Lord. Think of a time where you deserved punishment or retribution for wronging someone, but instead they extended grace to you. Now think of times have you had an opportunity to practice grace. Think of someone who has wronged you. Jesus calls us to extend grace to our enemies, to bless them instead of cursing them.

Because Ruth was a Moabite, she did not deserve to live in Israel. But she not only went there – she found favor there.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Are you praying for someone? Are you trying to find answers? Turn to the Bible. Read and memorize so you will have scriptures in your heart for these times. Your spirit needs to feast on the words of God everyday, remembering also that Jesus is God’s Word in the flesh!

Ruth went to a field she had never been to, owned by someone she had never met, but nevertheless, she expected she would find favor.

She did find favor in the eyes of Boaz, the owner of the field. He became her kimsman-redeemer. To be kinsman-redeemer, you had to be 3 things:

1) Wealthy
2) A close relative
3) Willing to redeem

Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. He is wealthy. He became flesh to save us. And He is most definitely willing to redeem, even to redeem outsiders and outcasts.

Naomi didn’t have to pull any strings for Ruth to be allowed in Boaz’s field. We don’t have to pull any strings with God, either. There is no formula to follow, no hoops to jump through.

The church is like a field. The Lord owns the field, and there are legitimate workers in the field, those who have been there for a while and are enjoying the blessings of being a harvester. There are also gleaners – maybe people who are new. The more you come to the field – the more you read His word and fellowship with other believers – the more you will glean, and the more you will grow.