Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Cure for Troubled Hearts

by Gregory A. Johnson

The Cure for Troubled Hearts, by Gregory A. Johnson
We are living in troubling times, but Jesus warned us that it would get this way, and it can get a lot worse before it gets any better. Beloved, Scripture says, “But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great
wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" (Revelation 12:12 ESV).

Yes, the world is troubled, but I feel led to talk to you about something more personal. As Christ’s followers, we are troubled by what is taking place in the world, but many are also dealing with troubled hearts concerning finances, loved ones, relationships, poor health, aging, and uncertainty.

It was the night before Jesus’s crucifixion, and he was eating with his disciples; it is their last supper together. There is an air of depression in the room. These Christ-followers left a lot to follow him, giving up businesses and careers. Due to answering Jesus’s call, they had less time to spend with family—parents had aged and children had grown while they were away following Jesus. Now, Jesus is telling them that he is leaving them to go back to the Father. What will they do? How will they make a living? Who will hire them? Who will believe in them?