Monday, April 14, 2008

Troubled hearts and incredible things John 14:1-14

Just believe and incredible things can happen.

"I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the." Father. John 14:12
It sounds simple. Just believe and God will work miracles. It seems to be a formula. But some days something in us struggles to believe. We want to believe and then we don't. Or even worse we do believe and no miracle happens. Sometimes involuntary forces shake us from our easy faith. Powerful emotions like fear and rage can overwhelm and overpower. Our old enemies: sin death, and the devil can do their worst to us. Faith sounds so easy at first; but then it gets so complicated.

Still Jesus told his friends, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me." In John 14:1-14 there's a real sense promise in the face of the unknown. Fear can rise up in uncertain times; and God can have place for you even in the uncertainty. Fear is a powerful emotion; but God's love has a power all it own. Fear is one of the basic emotions that leaves physical manifestations in the people it effects. Troubled hearts, upset stomachs, all can be manifestations of basic emotions. And God's providence can be present even when we are to worried or sick to see him at work.

Jesus says believe and incredible things will happen. Believe and you will do great things that he did. There's no way around fear in this life because emotions exist involuntarily with in us. But God isn't stopped by our fear or even our unbelief. Instead he makes this promise, that he is with us and even better that he is going to prepare a place for us his fathers house.


Ivy said...


LawAndGospel said...

Ditto. And thanks for stopping by.