– John 14:27
Trust in God
American money has the statement “In God we Trust.” Ironically, most people trust their money more than God. This may be why it’s so easy to worship money or make it our god. Money can provide all of our needs. It can give us what we want, but it cannot bring happiness. Some of the most miserable people on earth are the wealthiest. Better to trust in the Lord, Whom we have not seen, than to trust in money that we see with our eyes.
Cling to Jesus
When I say cling to Jesus, I am reminded of Mary, who saw Jesus after He was risen from the dead. She wanted to cling to Him; but Jesus told her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17). Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, it’s okay to cling to Him. In fact, I recommend it when your heart’s troubled. There is no surer foundation on which to hold than Christ, the Solid Rock.
Walk With God
We don’t have to guess as to how to walk with God. Paul writes, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying” (Romans 13:13). Walking with God means you don’t walk in those things. Enoch was taken up by God because “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:22, 24). Here is the path to walk on: “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess” (Deuteronomy 5:33).
Keep Your Hand on the Plow
A person who’s committed will do almost anything humanly possible to keep their commitment, which is just what Jesus is looking for. Many said to Jesus that they would follow Him, but they kept coming up with different excuses (Luke 9:57-61). Jesus warned them, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62), so “commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act” (Psalm 37:5).
A good way to not let your heart be troubled or afraid is to put your trust in God and not trust in things; to cling to Jesus in good times and bad; to walk with God in obedience; and to keep your hand on the plow, staying committed to Him. If you do, “he will act” (Psalm 37:25).