Be of Good Cheer
Be of good cheer. Seriously. In every area of our national life, economically, geopolitically, and even spiritually, it seems our country is going from bad to worse. Reading from Matthew 24 and 25, I have found new encouragement and determination.
In Matthew 24:6, our Lord mentions some terrible things, but then He said this: “for all these things must come to pass.” In Mark 13:7, the sister companion to Matthew’s discourse, our Lord put it this way: “for such things must needs be.” In Luke 21:28, just after a very similar discourse, our Lord gives us this encouragement: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
In Matthew 25, Our Lord gives three parables about being ready, reliable, and rewarded. The one that grips my heart is the third. When the King (Jesus) rewards His faithful servants, He gives this tribute: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me” (Matthew 25:35-36).
Then the astonished saints ask when did we do all of that? Our Lord replied, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40). Then it dawned upon me, the worst times of life (hunger, thirst, deprivation, sickness, persecution) are the very opportunities God gives us to be of service to Him.
In these troubled days, we do not have to be troubled. In John 16:33, Jesus gives this wonderful promise: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Let us be of good cheer, and let us be of good use for the Master!