One time Jesus spoke to his close friend Martha and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.” Jesus had come to her house for a meal with His disciples and her siblings Mary and Lazarus.

Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him teach while Martha fussed about and was “distracted with much serving.” Her troubled heart led to her being annoyed with her sister and when she solicited help from Jesus He merely addressed that she was worried and troubled. He’s concerned that we are troubled and wants to replace that worry and concern with peace. In His final address to the disciples just hours before His arrest, He said to them, ““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” Jesus knew that the events that were about to unfold would bring deep sorrow, confusion and trouble to their hearts. Christ desired that they walk in confidence and peace. When our hearts are troubled we pace back and forth, we toss and turn in our beds and can’t fall asleep, we wring our hands and ponder questions to which we have no answers.

We fret, and worry and get anxious and sometimes agitated. We even accuse others of not caring about what “troubles” us. Jesus doesn’t want that for us and so He speaks words of comfort and peace to solicit trust from our hearts. Let not your heart be troubled!

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