Friday, April 4, 2014

April 5, 2014

“I go to prepare a place for you…..” John 14:2

Knowing that I can trust God to care for me helps you find peace from fear and anxiety. With the way He cares you can choose not to let your heart be troubled.

But, good news! Here is another reason to have peace!

Not only does He care but He prepares!

He prepared a planet!

If you want to know how good God is at preparing things, think about creation! He prepared the earth and sky and seas and animals and stars and universe in just SIX days by just the power of His word!

He prepared a plan!

A second way to know you can trust God's trustworthiness is not only His creation but His Christ! Christ is the way to overcome the sin that spoiled the original creation and made possible a new creation. That new creation is a spiritual transformation made possible by Christ's death on the cross to atone for sin.

The new creation is even more beautiful and powerful than the original creation!

He is preparing a place!

One great cause for anxiety is uncertainty about what awaits after death. Jesus assures you that He is preparing for that as well!

Something in the human psyche needs the security of a place! A place to live, a place to belong, a place to work, a place to worship, et al. So Jesus promised He is preparing a place for you! He is preparing an eternal place where you can belong and be loved and find safety forever!

Here's a few things that will be great about that place He is preparing. First, HE IS THERE! And second, he has been preparing it for 2,000 years! Third, He is preparing it especially for you - your own eternal custom-built home!

When you think of how He cares and when you ponder on how He prepares - what do you have to be anxious about?

Here's how the ancient shepherd/poet/king expressed it:

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

Don't let your heart be troubled - He cares!

Don't let your heart be troubled - He prepares!