I’ve been thinking about this command of Jesus: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).
I have a responsibility, in fact, I am under direct orders from Jesus to “not let” myself be troubled upon hearing bad news. The specific bad news Jesus is talking about is that he was going away. Still, in the face of this bad news, Jesus told the disciples to take control of themselves and stop being troubled and instead to start trusting.
If I willfully ignore this command it could possibly be understood to be sin (disobedience). Even if I don’t go that far, I can surely understood that I will be the one who suffers if I ignore the Lord’s intention for my life. Simply stated, my life will not be of the quality it could be if I lived as Jesus ordered.
I may not like it when God doesn’t answer my prayers the way I directed him too but that doesn’t seem to bother God very much. He looks me in the eye and rather than explaining it to me simply says: “Trust me.”
I’d better do it.