Mark 6:50

Tom Harding

For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid–Mark 6:50.

These words were spoken by our Lord when His disciples were tossed about in a violent storm upon the sea. He came to them walking upon the boisterous waves to comfort them in their time of trial and said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." They took great comfort in His words and in His presence.

Let me encourage you who believe the gospel of Christ to take comfort in His word and in His presence and to be of "Good cheer." No matter what the day may hold, we know who holds the day. No matter how bleak the outcome may seem, no matter how severe the pain may be, no matter how hopeless the situation appears to be, "Be of good cheer." If you belong to Christ in the eternal covenant of mercy (Heb. 13:20). If you are purchased by His blood redemption (Eph. 1:7). If you are called by His effectual grace (2Tim. 1:9), you have every reason to "Be of good cheer." Our sovereign Lord controls all things in our lives and is in charge over all aspects (Rom. 11:36).

Search the scripture and see if this is not true! "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). God said, "Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice" (Phil. 4:4).

Our Lord told the man who was paralyzed, "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee" (Matt. 9:2). He told the woman with issue of blood, "Daughter, be of good comfort (good cheer): thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" (Luke 8:48). He told the disciples on another occasion that they would have trouble; but He added, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 6:32-33). When Paul was in the most perplexing of circumstances, so far as outward evidence was concerned; all hope of being delivered from the raging sea was gone. Yet, he found cause to rejoice and reason to hope; "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me" (Acts 27:25).

Yes, my friend, our life is full of heartache, trial, disappointment, and grief; but we still have abundant reason to "BE OF GOOD CHEER." THE LORD REIGNETH!

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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