Re: Verse reading–John 14:1-14 (day five)
I see it every year as Youth Minister- parents and students processing and adjusting to new coming chapters (graduation, middle school, high school). I also see people entering new chapters at weddings, funerals, retirements, and hospitals. Some chapters are welcomed and needed while other are intruding and life altering. Our reaction and struggle with change more often than not, is one of stress and angst. Aversion to change is not just unique to Baptists; it is a common human response, regardless of age.
Jesus’ words in John 14 address His disciple’s anxiety about the news of His departure. “Do not let your heart be troubled”. Present faith in the living God (believe in God/believe in Me) and certainty for the future (that where I am, there you may be also) are the key components of His instruction. Listen to His reminder for their trust and confidence, “If it were not so, I would have told you”.
We navigate new chapters and changes by faith and trust in the “Unchanging One”.