John 14:1 NLT
 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
My dad used to say, “If you want to lose a friend, lend him money”. I grew up understanding that trust is earned. I still believe that. People fail. I was robbed a few times by people I trusted. I was lied to by people I thought are good people. Well, I can’t say I even trust myself. I fail many times on delivering promises too.
God, on the other hand, delivers… Always. He has a very long track record of delivering His promises. It will do us good to believe that.
But it’s not a matter of trusting God that I’m concerned about. It’s about trusting ourselves of having enough faith to trust Him during times of trouble. The world can really hit us where it really hurts: our pockets, our families, our health, our names, our hearts. We couldn’t focus or think straight when bad things happen. Desperate times, desperate prayers. We cry, we kneel. When our world is falling apart, the words of Jesus “Don’t let your hearts be troubled” don’t seem to allay our fears. There are moments that our troubled hearts seem to pound ten times faster, a hundred times harder. Worrying can be hazardous. Our hearts can only take so much. When people hurt us, we tend to hurt back. When sickness hits us, faith wavers. We don’t normally tell people to stay calm when they’re in the water drowning.
“Trust in God, and trust also in me”, it’s that word again… Trust. It’s convenient to trust God during good times. It’s easy to trust God when everything is going our way. We give thanks when life is comfortable. We shout our hallelujahs when blessings arrive. But when disaster strikes… that’s where the “trust” part is put on the spotlight.
But the thing is, if we don’t trust God, who will we trust? If we want to move forward, or simply survive, where can we run to? The worst place we can be is being pushed in a corner. And guess what, most of the times we’re the ones who got ourselves there in the first place. Animal instincts could push someone to give up or fight back, depending on what animal we’re talking about.
But we humans have a God. A loving living God. A God who gave everything to us, for us. If we go back to the verse, God is not only giving us an assurance, He is giving us an order. Believing in an assurance takes faith. Following an order without question requires submission. So, when “troubled hearts” situations overwhelm us and our trust in God wobbles, submit to Him. Surrender. Give in. In a contest, one surrenders when he loses. With God, one surrenders and he wins.
By the way, before I forget, this assurance and command is followed by the most wonderful promise ever.
John 14:2-4 NLT
 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.”