Addie Braunack: “Let not your hearts be troubled!”

Addie Braunack“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

“Let not your hearts be troubled.” Yes, it is easy to say it, isn’t it? “Let not your hearts be troubled”, it’s much more difficult to live this way. In the midst of our daily struggles. We all know this. Our hearts very often are troubled by so many things.

We are unusual creatures. Indeed. As Psalmist says: “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” (Ps. 90:10) It is about us, isn’t it?

We are so unusual because we live like in too separate realities. We live here in this time, our days pass away one after another, year after year. But God has also put eternity into our hearts. Yes, our days pass away, our bodies change, but we don’t change. We stay the same.

We are so unusual because we know that we are not here alone. There is someone higher, someone who holds us accountable for everything we think or speak or do.

That’s Him who speaks in our consciences sometimes accusing, sometimes excusing. We know we are not alone, we know there is someone else, but again, so often we don’t know Him. This adds a bit to our troubles, for we are not sure what to expect from Him.

This is how our days go by, yes, we are blessed in so many ways, with so many gifts, with so many wonderful things to thank for, so many joyful moments, so many beautiful relationships… but nevertheless, we are in the midst of trouble, knowing that we are accountable for our lives and having this feeling that life can’t just end, there has to be continuation.

Then comes this moment when we approach to the end of our journey here on earth. No one can avoid it. We go as far as we can, but then we come to the point where we need to cross over. From this life to something unknown. Unknown…

It is not easy. We are used to be here. Here, even in the midst of troubles and suffering we feel like at home, for we know this place more or less. We know what to expect, how to deal with it. At least to some extent. That’s why we want to cling to this life as much as we can. Even if not much joy is left.

But we have no choice, time comes, sooner or later, when we all need to cross over. Jesus said: “Let not your hearts be troubled”. It is easy to say.

When we come to this last line, we begin to look for miracles, for something that would help us to stay here longer. Then a miracle for us is anything that helps us to extend our existence here on earth. To buy a little more time, and a little more.

But, there is something else we can call a miracle. When you came to the end of your life’s journey, and instead of fearfully clinging to this life, your heart is not troubled anymore, you are at peace.

It is true miracle considering that we are leaving everything we know, and stepping into unknown. How can we have peace in that situation? It doesn’t seem possible. We can have this peace only if we know where we are going. If we know who is waiting for us and what His attitude to us is.

Yes, but how can we know? We can’t, unless the One, who knows everything who is waiting for us reveals it to us. This is exactly what true God has done and keep doing. God keeps speaking to us today through His Son. Speaking to you.

Sometimes we think that the Bible tells us about God, and if we read the Bible, we can find out something about Him. It’s only partly true. Yes, the Bible tells us about God, but, and this is far more important for all of us, – God Himself speaks to us through His words.

When we read or listen to His message, we can finally get to know Him. These words which we heard today, God speaks them also to you. His only Son Jesus Christ speaks them to each of you.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. […] I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. [For] “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…”

Addie heard Jesus speaking to her. And when He speaks and we listen, then miracles happen. And Addie heard His voice. In the midst of this life’s troubles she obtained peace. It is a true miracle. Peace of God that surpasses all our understanding.

See, we are here just for a little while. We all will have to leave. When? We don’t know. May be tomorrow. May be after many years. It doesn’t matter. What matters is this peace and certainty about our future.

We all have eternity in our hearts. We know that we are not alone, there is someone watching over us. We are going to meet Him. It is good to know Him. And He has revealed Himself, He has showed His heart to you through His Son Jesus Christ.

He has spoken His love to you not just in words, but laying down His life so that you may live. There can’t be greater love that this. And it is God’s love to you. To you. That’s why He says:  “My peace I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:27)

Amen.

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