If Jesus repeats himself, I always perk up! He repeats himself almost word for word when he says “Let not your hearts be troubled.” ( vs. 1 and 27)
This chapter was so encouraging with those two verses in addition to others;
“..whoever believes in me will also do the works I do, and greater works than these will he do..” (vs.12)
“I will not leave you as orphans.” (18)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (27)
“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (27)
Verse 1, when it says “Believe in God, believe in me.” is described in my footnote as “keeping with Old Testament usage that denotes personal, relational trust.”
So, Jesus is basically saying to his friends and us…trust me; you know who I am! Trust me!
So why is it a constant battle for us to trust in Jesus?
Maybe because we let stretches go by where we forget to talk with him or stay close to him by reading his word. So, we distance ourselves from him and forget that he is able to sustain us in our needs.
I have adopted a little trigger that helps remind me to trust in Jesus. Whenever I see a penny on the ground, I make a point to pick it up. I remind myself what is written on the coin, “In God we Trust.” and I ask my self, am I trusting Him? Then I pray, “Thank you God for the reminder. Help me to trust you today!”