Feeling Troubled?

Three reasons peace can be yours today

Jan 10, 2024

Hilary Foye

BSF Content Development Director

“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.” (John 14:1-3)

Anxious, worried, burdened, concerned? Here’s how Jesus trades your troubles for peace.

Jesus was troubled so you are not alone

Betrayed and condemned by people and forsaken by His Father, Jesus, the Lord of Glory, was troubled for us. He was “troubled in spirit” as He foretold Judas’s betrayal (John 13:21). He was troubled in Gethsemane as He prayed, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). He was troubled as He bore our rightful punishment on the cross, crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).

Because Jesus endured all of this, in the midst of every trouble, all who turn to Him in repentance and trust may know peace.

Jesus is preparing a place for you in heaven

Imagine a king’s son, his father’s heir and the ruler of his kingdom, returning to his father’s house and to his proper place on his throne. The father welcomes all his son’s friends. Whatever uncertainties you’re facing, this is your assurance: if you know and love Jesus, the Father’s home is also your home, for in Christ the Father adopts each believer as His child. The family inheritance is ours, kept in heaven for us. Within His house there is room for all who trust in Him.

Jesus will return one day to take you home

Sorrow turns to joy when we anticipate Jesus fulfilling His promise to His disciples: “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3). Jesus will come to take us home with Him, never to be separated in any way again. Through every trial and difficulty, the people of God can look forward to that day with a sure and certain hope.

Make no mistake, we will have trouble in this world. But take heart! In Jesus, peace is our portion. Because He has overcome the world, we need never be overcome by it (John 16:33). Today, will you ask God to trade your troubles for His peace?

Prayer for peace

Lord, today I choose to believe, to trust, and to hope in you and the precious promises you have given me in your Word. I believe you bore the weight of my punishment and pain on the cross so I could have peace with You. I trust you are preparing a place for me so I can enjoy the privileges of heaven forever. I look forward to the day you will take me home to be with you for eternity. I know you overcame the world so I wouldn’t be overcome by it. I place my concerns, worries and troubles in your care and trust you to give me your unshakable peace.

Amen.

About the Author

Hilary Foye worked with the WordGo team for two years before taking up her position as BSF’s Content Development Director in September 2021. Hilary grew up as a missionary kid in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She and her husband Bill now live in Northern Ireland with their two little girls, Zoë (8) and Eden (6). Hilary’s favorite things to do include adventures with her family in their camper van, songs and poetry writing, and leisurely breakfasts with friends. 

This article was adapted from a post originally published on the WordGo journal. 

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22 Comments

  1. I will hold tightly to this Truth .Because He has overcome the world, we need never be overcome by it!

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  2. Lord Jesus, You, our Jehovah-Rohi, will take us through the difficult terrains of life for You have traversed it before us. Even though I may not know all the ‘why’s’ my rationale raises, I cling to Your word that prods us to take courage in You. Help us to ‘look’ to You lest the adverse winds sink us, in Your most holy name, I ask.

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  3. My daughter has cancer. Please pray for her.

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    • Joy, I am praying for your daughter. May Lord Jesus comfort you. Father God, may Joy’s daughter is filled by Your unshakable peace during this challenging times. In Jesus Holy name I pray.

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  4. This blog spoke to me! It’s wonderful to know your never along and that in Christ I have PEACE.
    Need prayer for Continuous marital issues. We have our first counseling appointment Wednesday morning.

    Thank you.
    Blessings

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    • Carole, praying for you, your spouse, and your marital relationship. May each of you seek God’s love for one another.

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    • My son has cancer. Please pray for his healing.

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  5. I need Jesus unshakable peace right now. Facing a possible cancer diagnosis.

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  6. From this encouraging word, I submit my worries to the Lord and with trust, receive peace. Thank you for this word that reminds me of the Lord’s for me all the time.

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  7. I enjoyed what you had to say today. Thank you so much. God bless you.

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  8. Thank you, my heart is lighter now, I will not let the enemy rob me of my joy.

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  9. The prayer is what I needed to read. I know this in my heart about having peace with God but sometimes a situation sends me off track. Then I remember His promises and I Let Go Let God!

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  10. Very encouraging.

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  11. Thank you so much Hilary for these encouraging words. God bless you and your family.

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  12. Thank you Hilary. I am going through a difficult time health wise. Your prayer really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Hello Hilary,
    Your prayer is most beautiful and much appreciated. I pray that someday I’ll be able to talk to God with such meaningful words and wisdom. Your prayer has blessed and encouraged me. God bless you!
    Thank you,
    Jean

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  14. Thank you,,,,,I needed this prayer

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  15. Wonderful blog, emphasizing that we can trust Christ.

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  16. Thank you for the words of encouragement! I really appreciate you sharing!

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  17. I was just on the phone with a friend who is struggling with peace. Reading this was perfect timing today!
    I also just read it to a relative with anxiety. We both love the image of His “unshakable peace!”.

    Thank you, God, for leading this beautiful young woman to write such a timely article for me today!
    Amen

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  18. This spoke to my heart and into my life in a big way! Thank you!!! LOVE BSF!

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  19. One of my favorite verses!
    Gives me peace and hope!
    Thanks for this message in the midst of troubles, fear, and grief.

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