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Troubled Times, Trusting Hearts

Posted: Tuesday, May 24

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
John 13:31-14:14
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 15:31-32 


Verse of the day:

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. (John 14:1)

Okay, let’s start this out by being honest with each other. I have trust issues. I find it hard to trust other people. I am not sure what the root cause of my trust issues are. I may need hours of therapy to dig that secret out. However, the trust issues are real.



Since I am making very obvious statements this morning, let me also say that we live in a world that is in trouble. All we see in our news feeds are the violent acts, a lack of common sense, and a lack of compassion for other people. We are increasingly becoming a more self-centered society. We live in troubled times.



I guess nothing really changes. People in Jesus day had trust issues and lived in days that were filled with friction and conflict. They were worried about Roman occupation, religious limitations and providing for daily needs. They were searching for answers and wanted to desperately to believe that God was sending their promised Messiah.



Jesus encouraged his followers to trust in him. He wanted them to take their eyes off of the current situations around them and look to a time when Jesus would make all things new. Jesus knew that if they kept looking to the situations around them, they would have not hope, no joy. Jesus wanted them to keep their eyes locked on him and put their faith and trust in him. That way no matter what the situations said, they would not be troubled.



Today, spend a few moments with Jesus to make sure your eyes are not focused on the troubles of today. Each day we need to reorient ourselves to seeing things from God’s viewpoint. When we lift our eyes, we can see the long view, instead of just the next step. We can trust God for the next step as we look forward to His Promises. We will not stumble or fall, we can trust in him.



Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”