God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you are going through

These days, people are really afraid. You can actually see the fear on their faces. They are realising that the things they have put their hope in for security can be easily taken from them and so leaves them in a very uncertain world perilously insecure. They’re alarmed and feel as though they don’t have control and the truth is; they don’t.

John chapter 14 tells us of a time when the disciples were afraid, really afraid, uncertain and insecure. Jesus had dropped a bombshell on them. He said something that turned their world, as they knew it, upside down. He said He had to leave them. Jesus knew they couldn’t understand him, that they were anxious, fearful and scared so He went on to share some words to bring calm to their troubled hearts: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1 NLT). He didn’t say, “Focus on your problems. Try and fix this mess yourselves” or “You really should be worried because I can’t help you anymore.” Rather, He said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled.”

Life is filled with trouble. It often seems as though once you have one problem resolved, three more take its place. As Job 5:7 says, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire” (NLT). From the moment we come into this life, there are all kinds of troubles.

Understand this, whilst there are reasons to be troubled, there is a greater reason not to be: We know what Jesus has done and what He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He said to His disciples, “Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1 NLT). In other words, “I haven’t brought you this far to abandon you now. I know what I’m doing. Believe.” Interestingly, His disciples did that and their lives changed in incredible ways. Despite troubles in their life, above all, they knew the peace of God which calmed their hearts and fears. We can too.

There are times in our lives when things happen that we just don’t understand. When I don’t understand something about God, I try to always fall back on what I do understand: I do understand that God loves me. I do understand that He is looking out for me with my best interests in mind. And I do understand that no matter what happens, He will get me through. When this pandemic is over, and it will be, remember for all of your life where complete security and peace is found. More importantly, may you know that security and peace in this moment.

Grand Chaplain