“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1
The scales fell from my eyes, as I researched the deeper meaning of the word trouble. Per Helps Word Studies, to trouble, figuratively is “to set in motion what needs to remain still (at ease);” How often have I permitted events designed to grow my faith to move me when I should remain at peace? My peace lies in God. When I consider His Majesty, I am ushered into a peace unparalleled to the trinkets this world offers as emblems of peace. Trouble and peace often carpool. The troubling event presents us with an opportunity to prove what we believe which reinforces our peace.
We may profess to believe in the Most High God but if every troubling situation is robbing us of our peace we may have to reevaluate our position in Him. Some profess Christianity but have doubts about what Jesus has done is doing and will do on this earth. Hence, his prompting to apply the same belief we have in God to Him. Trouble may come as a suggestive thought whispered by the enemy in the wee hours of the morning: “You’re not going to get that money in time to pay those bills!”, he taunts. Unknowingly we may spend our entire day under the leadership of a lie. The lie leads us into acting as if we are forsaken by God. If God promised us through His Son Jesus that all our needs would be supplied, then what reason have we to be troubled?
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
I was enslaved to trouble, outer trouble: people’s opinions, events, and circumstances, inner trouble: doubt, fear, shame, and guilt. I forgot how to be free, oh but Jesus will shepherd a yielded believer out of the bondage of trouble and into the freedom of grace. When invited Jesus will walk right into war zones and oppression and carry us or sometimes drag us out. In other situations, He will come to tombs where our dreams, purposes, and visions look dead and call us out. Before we know it, we are celebrating, reclining with Jesus in front of a table spread. How did we go from suffering to a celebration? How did God use that trouble to get the glory?
“Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” John 12:2
Welcoming and yielding to the changes that God is calling us to make in our lives is often the beginning of the ending of suffering and the genesis of celebration. When Jesus called Lazarus, it took a discerning, willing spirit to hear the Lord’s voice and respond accordingly. Lazarus could have looked at his surroundings and counted his own self out. After all, everything about him cried out death, oh glory, but when Jesus called Him his life was manifested. Today, as we look at our families, ministries, finances, careers, or the lack thereof, let us be reminded of Lazarus who appeared to be dead but was soon seated at the dinner table with Jesus. He shifted his focus from the tomb to the King; believing in Him who called his name. Lazarus did not let trouble, though it was great, rob him of his future peace. Prayerfully, we can see past our figurative grave situations, the stench, and the sadness associated with something being buried. Just as Lazarus seemed dead yet was having dinner soon after with Jesus, we may appear forsaken but soon will have our place at the table with our Lord.
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