Suggested further reading: Philippians 4:1-7
Heart trouble is the commonest thing in the world. No rank or
class or condition is exempt from it. No bars or bolts or locks can keep
it out. Partly from inward causes and partly from the mind,
partly from what we love and partly from what we fear, the journey of
life is full of trouble. Even the best of Christians have many bitter
cups to drink between grace and glory. Even the holiest saints find
the world a vale of tears.
Faith in the Lord Jesus is the only sure medicine for
troubled hearts. To believe more thoroughly, trust more entirely, rest
more unreservedly, lay hold more firmly, lean back more completely
this is the prescription which our Master urges on the attention
of all his disciples. No doubt the members of that little band which
sat round the table at the Last Supper had believed already. They
had proved the reality of their faith by giving up everything for
Christ's sake. Yet what does their Lord say to them here? Once more
he presses on them the old lesson, the lesson with which they
first began: `Believe! Believe more! Believe on me!' (Isa. 26:3).
Never let us forget that there are degrees in faith and that
there is a wide difference between weak and strong believers. The
weakest faith is enough to give a man a saving interest in Christ and
ought not to be despised, but it will not give a man such inward
comfort as a strong faith. Vagueness and dimness of perception are the
defect of weak believers. They do not see clearly what they believe
and why they believe. In such cases more faith is the one thing
needed. Like Peter on the water, they need to look more steadily at
Jesus and less at the waves and wind.
For meditation: When our mind is fixed on God our heart can
be at peace (Isa. 26:3).