Summary: What is the way that we need to follow? Is there a way that leads to health, happiness and prosperity!
"’Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 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. 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.’ 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 knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him’" (John 14:1-7, New International Version).
“Do not let your hearts be troubled…” -- God wants us to have peace in our hearts. He does not want our hearts to be filled with fear, anxiety, doubts, sorrow, or disappointment.
In Isaiah 41:10, we read: “So do not fear…” God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid…” He told the Israelites, “Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them (their enemies)” (Deut. 20:3). “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" (Deut. 31:8, NIV).
Peter wrote, “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened" (Peter 3:14, NIV).
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” (Matt. 6:25, also verses 31 & 34.) He also said in John 20:27, “Stop doubting…”
But with all the problems and difficulties that we face today, how can we safeguard our hearts from fears, worries, disappointments, etc.?
Jesus Christ said, “Trust in God…”
And who is this God that we should trust?
We read in Isaiah 41:10, “… for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
He is not just the God of the ancient Israelites. He is “your” God. He is also our God. And according to Deuteronomy 20:4, He “…is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." In Deuteronomy 31:8, we read: “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
In the New Testament, the Son of God encouraged His followers: “…your heavenly Father knows… (all your needs)” (Matt 6:32.) Added Peter, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Peter also wrote in 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” In the King James Version, it reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…” And how can we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts? One commentary states:
“We sanctify the Lord God in our hearts when we with sincerity and fervency adore him, when our thoughts of him are awful and reverend, when we rely upon his power, trust to his faithfulness, submit to his wisdom, imitate his holiness, and give him the glory due to his most illustrious perfections.” (from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
Jesus Christ also said, “…trust also in me.” Am sure He was familiar of Jeremiah 17:5: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man…” and also of Psalm 146:3-6: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--the LORD, who remains faithful forever. “
If He was just a mere human being, He would not encourage His followers to trust Him. He is not only a man. He is also God.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms…” -- In God’s Kingdom, there is enough place – whether it’s a place of authority, a place to stay, a place to rejoice, a place of worship, or a place to be with God, or whatever – for every believer. No squatter there. No one will feel neglected.
“I am going there to prepare a place for you” -- No matter how comfortable or convenient where we are right now, it’s not the place that is meant for us. A much better place is being prepared for us. It’s not here in our world. It’s “there” – where the Glorious God dwells. And the Son of God Himself prepares it. We can be sure His preparation is perfect.