“He who listens to truth is not less than he who utters truth.”
– Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist
Upon reading this I wanted more. My immediate thought was of John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I want that. I want to be with God. With Jesus. Who among us who call on his name doesn’t want for that daily or even hourly?
Like a good little student I reread verse 6 and see Jesus is answering a question. Aha. Context.
John 14:1-5 (NIV)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
While I could spend hours on these verses, I think the reality this morning is God used a round-about way to get me to the first words of John 14:1 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
No matter our circumstance let us not be distressed. Though we fight against illnesses, emotions, and incredible evils let us not forget this place is not our home. We were not created in order for the evil to triumph over us. We were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), for the glory of God (Isaiah 43:7) and that we would commune with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus has prepared a place for us. Let us rejoice in that good news…always.