John 14:1—“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”
The troubled heart is a sea surging with tumult, an ocean of irritation and distress. To be troubled in heart is to feel the gales that turn calm turquoise waters into monstrous tidal claws. From deep within, the troubled heart sends tsunamis of anxiety over placid landscapes, turning them into fields of wreckage. Jesus says the way to hush the storm is to believe. Passengers on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico in 2003 thought they were skirting a hurricane, but the storm turned, and they awoke in the middle of the night in the roiling tempest. Later the seasoned captain told passengers he had never been afraid because he knew the stresses the ship could take and that it had never been in danger. Belief in God is resting in His limitless sufficiency. Belief in Jesus Christ is to throw all one’s weight on the completeness of His redemption. There is simply no crisis bigger than God, no storm that can overturn the finished work of Christ’s atonement. The peaceful person is one who has linked the head-knowledge of God with heart-knowledge. Fact and experience are joined. The troubled heart is calmed.
SPIRITUAL HEART FOCUS
Worship God as the changeless One, Thank Him for the peace He offers through Jesus Christ and submit the tempests of your life to Him and ask Him to calm your storms.
PHYSICAL HEART FOCUS
Avoid eating on the run.