My friends, there is only one answer for a troubled heart and that answer is faith in the Savior, faith in the living God. Faith in the living God settles a troubled heart! Now hear this well: Jesus did not shelter his men from the hour of trouble (John 14:1-3). However, he did say the trouble on the outside did not have to trouble them on the inside!
When the storm is raging on the outside those who put their trust in the Lord will experience peace on the inside. The Word of God says, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalm 9:9-10).
Again the Word of God says, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27:4-5).
Again, the Word of God says, “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come near unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:6-7).
Again, the Word of Gods says, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalm 37:39-40).
Again, the Word of God says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust . . .
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling . . .
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (Psalm 91:1-2, 9-10, 14-16).
Now I ask, do you understand the faithful character of your God? Do you understand the character of the one who says, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me?”
My friends, he is the Good Shepherd that gave his life for the sheep. He loves his own and makes them to lie down in green pastures and leads them beside still waters. And though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, he is with us. Therefore, we will fear no evil. His presence, his rod, and his staff they comfort us.
Even as we face a great national trial and days of uncertainty, yet he speaks powerfully into our life today with these reassuring words: let not your heart be trouble; I will never leave you, nor forsake you; not one of my promises will fall to the ground; trust me and call upon my name.
When Jesus taught his disciples to believe upon him, to keep their trust in him through their trial, of necessity they needed to pray as the trial unfolded. Today if we are going to experience a peaceful heart through our storm, then we must pray.
You see, the Word of God is teaching us to put our trust in him. We are taught to seek him. We are taught to call upon his name. We are taught to turn to him in the day of our trouble. And when we do so, He will hide us in the shelter of his arms. He will speak peace to our heart. He will carry us through the storm. He will be our refuge. We will experience peace in the midst of the storm. Instead of a troubled heart, the peace of God that passes understanding will rule our hearts!