John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
If there is trouble in life, my first reaction is always that I have to fix it. Or I’ve done something wrong. Or mishandled a situation. Or the flip side is that I have been wronged. I have to defend. Or keep note. Keep score.
But the reality is two fold. One is that even if I try to do everything right – I.will.still.have.trouble. It’s a promise, a guarantee. The second is that it is in trouble that I grow the most. So I can not only embrace the trouble, but instead of immediately fixing and hoping to wish it away, I can grab hold of it and look for the space in which I can grow into. Because I always have room to grow. And usually, there’s no better opportunity to do that then when there is trouble.
Even amidst hoping to avoid the trouble, running into it anyways and then letting go of fixing it and embracing the opportunity to grow…(whew, I’m tired just thinking about it), there’s always a But God….
Thing is, I will have trouble, but I need not let my heart BE troubled. There’s a difference. I have a Daddy to whom I can run and He will catch me. I need not let my heart be troubled. When I am tired because I am trying to fight these troubling battles, I have a a Daddy who fights for me if I let Him. I need not let my heart be troubled. I can get rest and lay down my fight and instead pick up a burden that is light. I need not let my heart be troubled.
The promise is that I will have trouble. But the promise is also that I need not ever let my heart be troubled. But it’s a choice…and I must choose trust instead of trouble.