“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me," (John 14:1).
My heart is troubled today. I can't put my finger on what is "troubling" it. It feels like what psychiatrists call "free-floating anxiety". I guess this kind of anxiety is called "floating" because there is no easily identified conscious cause for it; it is just there.
When Jesus spoke today's text, the disciples had plenty of concrete reasons to be anxious. They were in the Upper Room the night before Jesus went to the cross. He was preparing them for what was about to transpire in the coming hours.
The Bible addresses this issue on numerous occasions. In one of his letters, the Apostle Paul exhorted his audience not to be anxious about anything. A more literalistic interpretation of Paul would read "Stop being anxious...". It infers that his readers were experiencing "troubled hearts."
Jesus indicates that the antidote to anxiety is trust. "Trust in God; trust also in me." I am actually experiencing my anxiety diminish as I'm writing these things. I'm allowing Jesus' words to come alive for me...today. Are you feeling anxious? Is your heart troubled? Read today's verse several times, drop the "s" on "hearts" and try to allow Jesus to speak the words to you; personally. Imagine him saying to you, "All will be well." You might want to write a small "T" on your hand today to remind you to trust him, whether you can identify the cause of your anxiety...or whether it is just out there "floating".