God's dwelling place
God’s heart is to restore us to wholeness. When we need healing for our bodies, minds or spirits, God’s word provides answers for our afflictions. Scriptures on healing give us a new perspective of hope and comfort. Rest and read God’s word knowing that it will speak into your situation today.
John 14:1 shows us that God can be trusted. His word offers us a safe dwelling place to quiet our hearts and listen to His voice of peace. This verse gives us insight into the biblical answers for heartache, distress and fear.
John 14:1 Meaning
What do you do when faced with anxiety or trouble? Maybe you seek distraction by burying yourself in extra work, or maybe you drink the soothing medicine of complaining to a friend about your fears. When we trudge through the day with worry wearing down our hearts, our souls can struggle to accomplish even the smallest tasks.
The gospel of John is filled with the words and actions of Jesus. John 14:1 was spoken by Jesus to His disciples as He was discussing who He is and what He came to accomplish. Just prior to this verse, Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, boasted in his ability to follow Jesus. He said that he would never deny knowing or following Jesus, no matter what happened. However, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Jesus knew this, yet He loved Peter anyway. He told his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled, but rather, to trust in God and in Himself.
When we look at Jesus’ words, it can be tempting to think that it was easy for His disciples to live in peace. After all, they walked alongside Jesus and watched Him perform miracle after miracle. Why would they need reassurance—didn’t they see His love and grace with their own eyes? However, Jesus knew that He would soon be crucified and that His disciples would scatter in fear. They were going to face one of the darkest times in their lives.
Even when we face our darkest moments, God hears our cries and He’s there to assure us that He can be trusted.
Let not your heart be troubled
In the first part of this verse, Jesus says that we shouldn’t let our hearts be troubled. When we face difficult circumstances or internal struggles, keeping ourselves from worrying can be frustrating, if not sometimes impossible. We’re often not strong enough to completely stop worrying. However, when Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He didn’t stop there. He continued on to say that rather than worry, they should put their trust in God. He knew that they would face incredible fear and that they would need to put their trust in Him to bring true peace.
The Hebrew word for trouble is akar, which means to be disturbed or stirred up. What do you picture when the phrase “stirred up” comes to mind? Think of a lake when sediment is shifted by a sudden movement. It disturbs the peace of the water itself and can’t be instantly stopped. Instead, it needs to run its course, leaving the shoreline and the lake bottom a little bit changed when it finally settles.
While we can’t always “turn off” the heat in our hearts and control our fear, we can control what we choose to focus on. When our troubles roar and the water from our “pot” is spilling over, His whisper is more powerful. When Jesus speaks to the storm, His shalom brings calm and peace.
The Parks family discovered this encompassing peace through healing when a fall from a roof caused a terrible accident.
Not worrying isn’t easy. It can be nearly impossible, but we don’t have to overcome our fears alone. His grace can cover every part of our souls. As we bring our fears to His feet, we can let our hearts sit and rest in His dwelling place. Our worries can gently dissipate in the presence of the one who knows and loves every part of our lives.
As our souls bear witness to His great love and mercy, we can recognize when fear shows up to try and stir us up. But scriptures on healing point us back to the source of all comfort and peace. As we focus on God and put our trust in Him, He’s faithful to provide peace and calm our souls.