Paul had probably gone through one of the most frustrating ministry times in his life when Jesus appeared to him and told him, ‘Be of good cheer’. In other words, what Jesus was saying was: ‘Don’t condemn yourself, Paul, because things did not go the way you thought they should. Don’t let depression and frustration get the best of you.’ What a comforting, compassionate Lord we serve! In the midst of a total ‘bummer’ moment, Jesus showed up with a word not only of encouragement, but also of further ministry directive.
Failure and frustration are inevitable in the Christian life. We may feel like throwing in the proverbial towel, but may these words of Jesus to Paul minister to your heart today. Be of good cheer! The word cheer can also mean courage. Jesus is ‘on the scene’ today, saints. He is right there with you in the midst of your valley, your trouble, your need.
Is your heart troubled today? Jesus would say to you, ‘I am here; be of good cheer.’ Jesus is working in you in a most wonderful way. Worship Him throughout your day and thank Him for His eternal purpose in your life. In spite of conflicting emotions or challenging circumstances, choose to be of good cheer. Abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
May His might be your source of strength and cheer each and every day.