“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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.” (John 14:1-3, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Why do we trust some and not others? We typically do not trust until we learn someone is not trustworthy. Rather, we withhold trust until they are proven trustworthy. And how does one prove themselves to be trustworthy? By an unbroken pattern of keeping their promises. Be demonstrating consistent reliability.
For Jesus to tell His disciples to “trust in God,” was an easy ask. They knew from the Scriptures that “not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56, NIV 1984). Nor any other promises handed down through any other prophet. To ask that they “trust also in me,” well that a harder ask. But during their time with Jesus they came to believe what He said – unbroken promises, consistent reliability. No, more than that, unfailing reliability. And when He rose from the dead, just like He said He would, they knew that there was no promise of His that He would not, or could not, keep.
My Advice – If He can keep that promise, we know He can keep these. He is preparing a place for us. And one way (death) or another (“we shall not all sleep”), He will come back for us. The Gospels are full of promises that He made. Just like His Father before Him, “not one word [will fail].” In a world full of lies and broken promises, it is freeing to know the truth and trustworthiness. Do you trust Him?