“The Cure for a Troubled Heart”
Job said, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). We are living in interesting days, trying times. I just heard that 13 people in one of the New York City hospitals died from COVID – 19 in 24 hours! People are scared. Many are fearful that they may be infected! As believers in Christ, we must not fear, but we should take the health threat seriously. We must take every precaution so as not to infect others, particularly the elderly and those with health issues already. I read the other day in World Magazine that one could be infected and contagious for three weeks before having any symptoms. Here at Hillside we have suspended services through this coming Sunday (3/29) and Wednesday (4/1). It is almost certain we will not be meeting on Palm Sunday. We will confirm that next week though in many ways the decision is out of our hands. We do not suspend services out of fear or lack of faith, but out of wisdom, love for our neighbor, and respect for governmental authorities that are appointed by God.
Our trust in the Lord during this time is clearly expressed by David in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). Jesus’ words are also very helpful, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). The disciples became dismayed when Jesus announced His departure (John 13:33, 36-38). They would be left alone to deal with the trouble that was sure to come. The remedy for their troubled heart was trust in God. Jesus’ promise that He would one day come back and receive them to Himself was what they needed to hear. Jesus taught them and us that we can experience peace in the present time with all of its uncertainty as we trust His promise of a certain and secure future in His presence.
Questions for John 14:1-6
1. In what specifically is Jesus and God His Father glorified in this context (Joh.13:31-32, see also 17:1-5)?
2. Where was Jesus going? What was the difference in how Jesus spoke of where He was going to the two groups: the unbelieving Jews and His disciples (13:33&36, also 8:14&21)?
3. What was the new commandment? How is it “new” given Leviticus 19:18?
4. According to Jesus, of what is love for one another a mark (vs.35)?
5. Why might the disciples have been troubled? Why might Peter have been more troubled than the rest?
6. What is the cure for a troubled heart?
7. Does trust in God exempt us from trouble? If not, how does trusting God keep out hearts from being stirred up?
8. With what promise did Jesus encourage the disciples? How is that promise an encouragement in our present circumstances?
9. Where is the place Jesus is preparing for us? Is it a mansion?
10. Why is Jesus’ statement, “I am the way” unpopular, and even thought to be hateful in our time?