John 14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 “Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in God and trust in me.
Don’t let yourselves be disturbed.
What a word! Three little letters telling me I have a choice! I have a choice to be not disturbed. What is disturbed, anyway?
The King James Version uses the word troubled. Either way. It is something we do not want to be but I can truthfully say, “been there; done that”.
We could say disturbed is to:
to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity
to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread
to render anxious or distressed
via Tarasso – New Testament Greek Lexicon – King James Version.
But how, YESHUA, the Disciples might have been thinking. How can I be not disturbed when You have told us You are leaving? You have just said that Peter is going to deny You before day break.
How can you and I not be disturbed? How can our equanimity not evaporate in this world? Yesterday’s media was filled with news of the terrorist attack in Boston. Is that and a host of other things not grounds for being disturbed? Actually to the flesh yes it is! BUT GOD.
14 “. . .Trust in God and trust in me.
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom [peace]. In the world, you have tsuris [trouble]. But be brave! I have conquered the world!”
via John 16 KJV;CJB – These things have I spoken unto you, – Bible Gateway. [bracket added- mine]
Choose to TRUST. And believe me it takes practice but more than that it takes the HOLY SPIRIT within to make it happen and He will as we choose to TRUST. Sometimes it is moment by moment.
I have more good news! Alyssa is back to a normal 10-year-old!! Even had a friend over for a sleep over recently! Praise the LORD with me for what HE has done for Alyssa and her family. And give HIM praise for skilled doctors and staff!!
Be Hidden in CHRIST,
Thank You, ABBA, for what You did for Alyssa and her family. Thank You. And HOLY SPIRIT, it is my prayer that Alyssa will give You glory, will love You and honor and TRUST You always; she and her family.
Terrorist attacks, ABBA. Did not take You by surprise. We acknowledge sin has so corrupted Your World; have mercy and forgive us; thank You that THE DAY is coming when You will set all things right. In the meantime, we choose to TRUST You. Thank You for helping us do that. And for the families of the dead we pray for help and comfort; for the injured we pray for healing. Thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for being right there giving comfort and help and yes even protection and safety. Thank You for the thousands who were not injured or killed. And, ABBA, I ask You to expose and bring to arrest those who did this. The TEXT is a good lesson for today, ABBA. Thank You. Let us not forfeit our equanimity but rather TRUST You always; Your perfect love and holiness. We continue to ask healing for Jamie and Terri and Lance and help and comfort for their families. And there are others we intrust to You whose names we hold in our hearts; there are tasks to do, help us do them well for Your glory. Amen and amen in Your MIGHTY Name LORD YESHUA.