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.