Here Comes Trouble

 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”—John 14:1 (NLT)
The other day, I was watching Avengers: Age of Ultron for the tenth time, and one line really struck me. It was toward the end of the film. In a conversation, Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) tells Nick Fury, “Nothing lasts forever,” to which Fury responds, “Trouble, Ms. Romanoff. No matter who wins or loses, trouble still comes around.” And let me tell you something, he’s not wrong!
No matter what we do or where we go, no matter how old we get or wise we become, trouble always finds us. Jesus knew this well. As a man, He experienced a great many troubles. As Lord, He has seen all the troubles of the world, from the first to the very last. He made it very clear to us in John 16:33 (NIV), saying, “In this world you will have trouble.” And that’s why today’s verse is so powerful.
You see, having seen every trouble of man, having experienced unspeakable troubles, including enduring our sins and shame on the cross, Jesus still says to us in John 14:1, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” Basically, don’t be troubled by your troubles! You may be thinking, Jesus, you know what I’m going through! How can you tell me not to be troubled? Easy! Because He has the solution to all troubles, the balm to put us at ease: “Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
Can it really be that simple? If we trust in Jesus we won’t feel troubled anymore? Exactly! Consider all the troubles the apostle Paul endured. Here are just a few: “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea . . . I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked” (2 Corinthians 11:25-27 NIV).
He was arrested, stoned to death, experienced danger from all sides at all times. But in all that, he still told the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4 NIV), letting them know all the trouble he endured served to advance the gospel. And in Philippians 2:2 (NIV), he encouraged believers who were experiencing troubles to be “like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Why? Because of the encouragement of being united with Christ and the comfort of His love.
Take comfort in Christ. He is greater than our problems, He is bigger than our trials, and He has overcome the world and all its troubles. And in Him, we are more than conquerors!
DIG: Who are some biblical figures that experienced great troubles and yet trusted in the Lord and were comforted and emboldened? Hint: Genesis 37–44; Daniel 1–6; 1 Kings 19; and Ruth 1.
DISCOVER: What did these people have in common? How did they handle and overcome their troubles?
DISPLAY: What troubles are you experiencing today? Lift them up to the Lord in prayer, and trust that He is in control and has already overcome! Pray for help with any unbelief, with any doubts—there is no shame in that, because we all experience it.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.