John 14: “Consoler”

When my son was younger, he used to love jumping off things, which forced me to catch him. It was a bit of game at times, but one that was quite scary for me!

Once when I was walking down the steps with Parker behind me, he yelled out, “Hey Dad! Catch me!” I turned around to see Parker mid-flight hurdling towards me off the steps. I immediately channeled my inner circus clown and caught him just before we both crashed to the ground. While he was laughing, and I was both scared and angry, I asked him, “Parker, what in the world were you thinking?” He said, “you’re my dad, I knew you’d catch me!” Although I appreciated his level of trust in me, we needed to have a conversation about safety.

In my experience, trust isn’t only given; it’s earned. In fact, there are many times throughout our day that we are left with the choice to either trust or not trust. Think about how much trust you put in the person who’s driving in the opposite lane on a two lane highway?

In John 14, John paints the portrait of Jesus as, “the Consoler.” It’s here we find Jesus meeting with his disciples in the upper room after the Last Supper. He’s explaining to them what’s about to happen, and how ultimately they need to trust him. The words are simple, but complex all at the same time.

John 14:1 (NLT) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

There’s an indication from John that our hearts are troubled on account that we don’t trust God. If you think about it, there’s a lot of truth to that understanding. I believe the more we trust God, the less our heart will be troubled. I pray that for you today as well!