How reassuring would those words be in a crisis?
It would depend on who said it, right? I took those words right out of Mark 6:50. The apostles were rowing their boat across the sea without Jesus and a storm whipped up. Wind and waves were out of control when a spotter, saw a man walking towards them across and on top of the waves. It was Jesus. Now how reassuring are those words? “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” Mark 6:50 Then he got into the ship and they went on their way.
Imagine the fear and worry that would’ve crept into their minds! The circumstances were overwhelming! Then boom, there he is, nonchalantly walking across the waves as if the storm was a slight breeze. I guess when you believe enough to walk on water, all other circumstances are pretty minimal. Jesus faced horrifying realities such as death of a dear friend, sickness, devil spirits, unbelief and worse in his ministry. He faced it with that same calm, steady faith that God, his Father, would help him through it. He was a man, tempted with all the fears and worries that we have. How could he have said, “Be of good cheer.” Anxiety doesn’t live in a comment like that. Fear has no place there. How did he do it?
Just one thing.
Jesus Christ was in full access twenty-four seven with God, the maker of the heavens and earth. He also knew that we would get the same access.
“14 For he (Jesus Christ) is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Ephesians 2:14-19
He knew that we too would have access and it would help us “HAVE GOOD CHEER”. Not anxiety, not fear or worry, cheer.
The phrase “Be of good cheer” is one Greek word tharseō. It is a verb which connotes action. We have to consciously decide. We have to make up our own minds. How many times have troubles fallen on us and we then decide to give into them and let them mess with our cheerful, joyful heart. They say that courage is bravery in spite of the fear. Cheer is faith in spite of the doubts or circumstances. But it’s really difficult to do this alone.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Depend on the access you have.
Prayer and supplication just means, check your Gmail. (God-mail). Go to Him and send off the requests and read through your inbox.
You’ve got mail! Trust me.
He might just tell you, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.”
God bless you today!