The Doorpost: Let not your hearts continue to be agitated

By Ray King  ·  Dec 21, 2023

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27b

One translation of this verse says, “Let not your heart continue to be agitated” (Wuest's Expanded Translation). Jesus’ disciples were in a turbulent situation, and it was about to become even worse. Jesus was arrested, tortured, subjected to an unjust trial, and then crucified and buried. Their world was turned upside down. They had good reason to be agitated, yet Jesus had told them not to be afraid.

Jesus gave them the same command in John 14:1, and then He told them the solution to their agitation—“Believe in God; believe also in Me.” In verse 27, He told them, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” Jesus provided the antidote for their fear and continually agitated hearts: trust in Him and the peace He gives.

Historical accounts indicate that ultimately all but one of the Apostles were executed for their faith—plenty of reasons to have agitated hearts. Jesus warned them, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Tribulation has continued for all His disciples ever since. Contrary to what we may expect, the Christian life is not a Sunday school picnic. It never has been. It isn’t supposed to be. We are at war with the forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

In the midst of these troubles, we have Jesus. He gives us His peace. He instructs us not to let our hearts be troubled or afraid—no matter what we face. He is all we need in the fight.

Ray King is editor emeritus of the Samaritan Ministries newsletter.