Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2, 2010

"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." John 14:1-3
It is easy to make promises isn't it?
Have you ever made a promise too big to keep?
Me, too.
Not good.
Jesus makes a BIG promise to His disciples. And with good reason!
He made a big promise because He knew that were facing some big problems. Before He shared the bad news about His impending death, He prepared them with the good news.
The bad news was that He was going to die and leave them but the good news was that He was going to prepare a place for them to join Him when their lives ended.
Christians aren't immune from problems - even big problems. You have probably discovered that. But while Christians may have big problems, they also have big promises! And God's promises are bigger than your problems.
But, promises only work if you are willing to trust the promise. The promise is only as good as the one who makes the promise. Jesus knew that so He said, "If you trust God then trust me."
Let's be honest, it is harder to trust God in the midst of big problems. Big problems bring big pressures and pressure can distort judgment.
How do you withstand the pressure of problems? Focus on a promise!
What promise?
You have the promise of His presence in the midst of the pressure and His presence brings peace.
That is what Jesus meant when He said, "Let not your heart be troubled." He is telling you to focus on the presence of God in the midst of the pressure and the promise of God beyond the problem. His promises are bigger than your problems!