Peace is my assurance of God's presence in any and every situation. Although some days, to keep peace can be a battle, it is a great necessity. Peace is found in Jesus. The world has a form of peace but it isn't genuine. Only God-given peace carries us through.
Isn't it interesting, in John 16:33, Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." He prefaced this statement by telling us we have peace in him. This is most important! Then he added, in this world, you will have trouble, but be of good cheer. But is a conjunction so what matters are the words that come behind it..So, reviewing that grammar mini lesson, let's read the text again:
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." When things don't happen like we should, be of good cheer! When someone rubs us the wrong way, be of good cheer! When school isn't going the way you should, be of good cheer! When you are waiting on the mate God has for you, be of good cheer! If you lost your job, be of good cheer! You lost someone you love, be of good cheer!
So, I know you maybe thinking, what? How on earth can I be of good cheer when thing around me seem to dwindle. Isn't it great how God's thoughts are nothing like our thoughts and his ways are fair beyond anything we can imagine. Isa. 55:8. Let's stop putting God on the same level as we are. He's higher. God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor. 1:27.
It's time to take God for his word. If he tells us to be of good cheer, that's what we should do. He's never lost a battle. He's never failed. He's going to repay you what you lost. Since you've been waiting, continue, it'll be worth the wait. God repays big!
Be of good cheer!