Many times we’ll find ourselves perched on the branch of discouragement. A spoon on which even honey doesn’t taste sweet. The sadness of that can be overwhelming in our spirit. To those in that pit, Jesus has these words of comfort;
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Here in a time His disciples were fettered with anguish, He reveals that the authority to bowl-over distress lies in our present decision to not let it happen. Then He discloses a future hope; ‘I am going to prepare a place for you’. Long after this current life is done, there is another one which He is preparing for us, one we have not had to work for. It is completely out of His gift of love and grace toward us.
Many Bible scholars believe the rooms Jesus is preparing are actually dwelling places for us in Heaven. While that may be, it serves us today as a hope that whatever landfill we find ourselves momentarily in, it has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus’ promise that He Himself is preparing a future for us. A future He says we know the way to.
When He says that, one of His disciples, Thomas, voices out the immediate concern of any rational person; ‘I don’t know where You are going, how can I get there?’
His reply is the famous saying, “I AM the way, the truth and the life.”
Jesus effectively points us away from what troubles our eyes today into the future that is only beheld when we look to Him.
He then introduces us to the Holy Spirit our Advocate, the One who champions our cause, the One who publicly declares God’s favour on us. He teaches us and reminds us of everything God has taught us; every sermon, every verse, every worship song and every promise.
His words of comfort ring in their hearts, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Today, we can stand in the midst of adversity unafraid because not only do we have someone fighting for us in today’s trouble, we also have a God who has prepared a future tomorrow through Him.
This is the clincher for me; that He has not left me to my own defenses, and He is coming back to take me to be with Him.
Preach it, papa
Thinking of: Nationalism out of hand, Johnny taking all the artefacts, Merdeka in a couple of weeks and white stupremidiocy