Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Troubled times show what is inside of us. It leaks out. We can’t help it. During this Corona virus we have witnessed all kinds of behaviour. Bulk buying in shops in order to stockpile. And toilet roles of all things. It’s laughable. One health worker of Filipino decent (born and educated in the UK) was going home after a shift at the hospital and a group of lads shouted at him to go home to China!
In a raging storm on the Sea of Galilee the disciples woke Jesus for fear that they might drown. To their way of thinking He didn’t act fast enough. Of course when He did they were blown away. It doesn’t take much for us all to resort to fear mode. And in that mode we rush, we rant, we scream, we blame, we judge and finally we scapegoat. After all someone must be blamed.
When we look at Jesus we see someone who never ran away from a crisis. Instead He showed what it was like to have faith in a good, good Heavenly Father. Read Jon 14.1 again. The antidote to a troubled heart is faith. Believing in the goodness of God. Jesus was about to be brutally beaten and crucified. Does a good God allow that? Yes, when it fulfils a deeper purpose, a redemptive purpose, a healing and restoring purpose.
Out of the heart the mouth speaks. If we center our hearts on faith in God then what we speak has real power to influence the world we inhabit. Jesus states the obvious. You believe in God. They were good Jews. They believed in God. But then He presents His disciples with a different challenge, ‘believe also in me’. That’s different. That’s local. That’s here and now. That’s immediate. That’s in your face!
As the church we believe in God. We know He’s King. We know He’s sovereign. We know He’s Lord. We get it. But maybe we need to be challenged the way Jesus disciples were. Do you believe in your spouse? Do you believe in your kids? Do you believe in your leaders? Do you believe that maybe they carry something? That your faith in them could release the potential in them. Wasn’t that what Jesus did when He said to Peter, “I give you the keys of the Kingdom……..”. Would we do that to someone we didn’t’ believe in?
When we believe in people we invest in people. We cheer them on as they use their gifts to serve a wider purpose. And each of us brings something to the table. We all have a part to play. So instead of being troubled during this troubling time let’s live by the faith we profess. Let’s centre our hearts on faith in a God who is good, on a Saviour who ever lives to make intercession for us, on a church that has been empowered to make a difference in a world filled with brokenness and pain. I believe in God. I believe in Jesus. And I believe in you – the church. Here to bring peace, help, service, kindness and words of encouragement to troubled souls. And who knows, maybe they to will start to believe.
– Peter Prothero