Wow, "Ye Might, Ye Shall, But Be of Good Cheer!'", what kind of title is that for a post? Well, I was thinking the same exact thing when I wrote it! But since the Lord kept impressing it upon my heart, who was I not to use it? And as you read on, Lord willing, it will make much more sense! So let's see what the Lord has to say about these words!
The words, "ye might, ye shall, but be of good cheer", are words which are found in the part of Scripture I am reading today!
"Ye might have peace"
"Ye shall have tribulation"
"But be of good cheer"
Here's the entire verse,
"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."
These were words spoken by Jesus to His disciples as they were gathered together in the upper room at the last supper.
Words of encouragement as Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure. For His soon coming arrest, false trials, beatings, mockings and eventually His crucifixion on the cross at Calvary.
Might is a word that means something is possible, but NOT guaranteed!
Doesn't very believer have peace in Jesus?
No, they don't! And this verse confirms it!
Remember, He said, “that in me ye might have peace."
We gain the peace Jesus offers by finding it IN HIM AND HIM ALONE!
We may spend our entire lifetime, every ounce of energy we have and our very last cent chasing after peace which the world offers through exotic travels around the world, luxurious automobiles, gold studded mansions and fine cuisine.
An accumulation of stuff. Wasted money. A tired, worn out body. But most of all NO PEACE!
On the other hand, we may look for our peace in relationships. In obtaining good health. Even in our service for the Lord, and still lack peace IN Christ.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with these things, but they won't bring peace.
As we read in the above-mentioned verse, Jesus does not promise us peace, that's our choice, however, He does promise that during our lifetime we WILL face tribulation.
"In the world ye shall have tribulation."
Not a very happy thought, is it!
Many of us hope for the day, here on earth, when we will journey from one blessing right into the next one.
However, we've all lived long enough to KNOW that's just not how life works!
We have an INNUMERABLE bounty of blessings bestowed upon us from our gracious and loving Lord, but we must also deal with an assorted array of difficulties, both great and small.
Jesus tells us in His Word that we WILL face tribulation, but thankfully He didn't put a period there!
He went on to say, "But be of good cheer."
Wait a minute!
Weren't we just told we're going to face tribulation and now we're told to be of good cheer? Does that seem as much of an oxymoron to you as it does to me?
But read on because there's a reason to be of good cheer!
Jesus said, "I have overcome the world!"
Now remember, Jesus was speaking this first of all to His disciples! He hadn't even been to the cross yet! BUT He knew that victory was going to be His!
Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, sin and death no longer have power over us!
Knowing this TRUTH should cause us not to become weary, worn or overwhelmed by the trials of life.
As believers, we know this life is NOT our final home and these troubles, trials and tears are temporary!
"Ye Might" = Our Choice!
"Ye Shall" = God's Choice!
"But be of good cheer" = The response God desires for us to choose because of the victory Jesus won for us through His death, burial and resurrection!
I must be totally honest and share that I was convicted when I read John 16:33, and I was even more convicted as I wrote this post.
Because I fall VERY short of what I'm sharing.
So often, way too often, and to my own disappointment, I allow my focus to drift from the peace my Saviour offers to me to thinking of what's coming next concerning my chronic illness.
Needless to say, with my mind upon myself and my illness there is NO peace, and of course I CAN NOT be of good cheer, which makes me extremely heartbroken because I know I'm disobeying and letting down my Lord and Saviour.
I've been praying much about this, desiring to constantly live in the peace which is found IN Christ, and in turn, being of good cheer despite the circumstances!
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