Are there any troubles in your life that you would like to be gone? If you’re a believer, which is one who is on your way to heaven, you can be trouble-free. Not problem free, which causes us to exercise our faith in God’s care, and allows us to be completely obedient to God! When the Lord Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn 14:1, 27 – a command), He knew this is one thing that we must do in order to have the intended peace; and our need to do this effects our faith in a most significant way. It means that we believe, that no matter what occurs in our life, we are certain that it will be for our “good” (Ro 8:28).

It doesn’t matter if you brought something on yourself (by anger or an impulsive wrong-doing), or whatever and however it came, God has taken all this into account; and the Lord Jesus says “don’t allow it to trouble you.” If we are allowing some problems to cause us to become troublesome, though we may not yet know how to avoid it, we are missing a great blessing.

If you are doing anything that you know you shouldn’t be doing, then trouble you will and should have. Usually for a believer doing something wrong is not intentional, because all we want is to “please” God (Phl 2:13). The sins of the saint should only involve impulsive sin like anger, jealousy, envy, wrongful incitement that we wish we didn’t do, etc. Disallowing problems to become troublesome shows not only do we want to have the “peace of God, which passes all understanding” (Phl 4:7), but also that out of obedience we show our faith in God’s all-sufficient hands, that He will cause all to “work together” for our good (even if out of immaturity we just can’t do this).

If we are at peace over things that would otherwise cause us trouble, we are more ready to be used by God, in showing our faith in His care for us. He want us at peace so we can have the right fellowship with Him. We may have peace with God most of the time, but when there is something which incurs trouble, we have lost some precious time with our Father; and have yet to learn not to be troubled!

Surly, there is nothing that we shouldn’t want to do to be obedient in this command! It’s just another way that God wants us to enjoy Himself in His Son’s peace; and there’s nothing more enjoyable than the peace of God, when all is well, and all problems remain only problems!

The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; 'no longer I, but Christ.’” -MJS