Be Of Good Cheer

Saturday, November 19, 2016
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John 16:33 – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (NKJV)

One of my brothers-in-law has had some serious health issues this year. He has spent many weeks in hospital, endured innumerable tests, and undergone several surgeries. After many attempts at resolution, all of which were ultimately futile, he had to have a leg amputated. He has borne uncertainty, anxiety, and extreme pain.

And yet, when I visit him now, I don't encounter a morose or sombre individual, moaning or feeling sorry for himself. Instead, I encounter a funny, vibrant man who seems determined to overcome his difficulties and live a full and happy life regardless of the circumstances. The nurses and other healthcare professionals who are attending him have remarked that his attitude isn't just good for him, it's rubbing off on other patients, who are now also taking a more positive outlook on their own situations. Visiting with him and my sister isn't an obligation — though it is an obligation I would gladly undertake — but a joy. It's fun!

God calls us to be cheerful. He calls us to face life with hope and with joy, buoyed and supported by our faith. When times are difficult and life looks bleak, let us look into the Word of God. Let us look to our faith. For whenever we face life with hope and good cheer, we are doing as God has commanded us. And let us be assured that by doing so, we will not only feel better ourselves, but also be an inspiration to others.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for the gift of faith and for the gift of joy. Help us always to be cheerful and to face our future with hope and confidence. Help us to find inspiration in others and to inspire them in return. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Madoc, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for the uplifting daily devotional. It was a vibrant reminder of the promises of God. Thank you for your faithfulness in writing it.

    Very encouraging Scott. Thanks for sharing.

    Scott – I needed this message today. God bless you.

    Thank you, Scott, for sharing the source of joy, courage and strength in the face of trouble with us. Blessings.

    Enjoyed your words. It is a good reminder for when things are tough. Thanks.

    Hi Scott, we have been telling ourselves and kids how important attitude is for setting a good example to other for some time. It’s nice to see it in writing.
    I hope your brother-in-law is getting good care.

    Good morning Scott,
    I enjoyed your inspirational story “Be Of Good Cheer”.
    Thank you.

    Dear Scott:
    God bless you! I truly needed to hear your message this morning. I pray that your brother-in-law and sister will continue to be blessed and encouraged by our God.

    Greetings Scott,
    Enjoyed your enlightening devotional this morning. Your concluding prayer is one we need to remember and repeat daily.
    Thank you kindly and many blessings to you,

    Hi Scott
    Many thanks for your Daily Devotional today. It’s a very timely reminder as I have surgery this week. I am no stranger to the verse “Put your trust in the Lord and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22, but even while having optimism that all will be well, there’s the niggling thought ‘what if it’s not?’ So, no matter what, I need to remain positive, have no fear and trust.
    I needed your words this morning. Thank you!

    Dear Scott Williams,
    Thank you for an inspiring devotional. I appreciate the example of such an exemplary person as you describe, and I pray that you and yours will continue to thrive in the care and cheer of God. We thank him for his oversight and provision for time and eternity.
    Keep writing.

    Hi Scott,
    Good stuff.
    Reminds me of a young man whom I baptised last year, just before he went to serve a year-long prison sentence. His life was a bit of a disaster before he came to know Jesus.
    In one month he leaves prison, after ministering to numerous inmates and telling them the Good News, taking St Paul as his mentor and guide. He got badly beaten for it in September, but exampled forgiveness and the love of Christ through it all.

    Hi Scott,
    Thank you for your devotional today.
    Sounds like your brother-in-law has the joy of the Lord in him regardless of the circumstances. It is an encouragement to read about how he still has optimism and lives each day to the fullest to the best of his ability.
    When I was young it seemed that the “old people” got ill all the time, but now that I’m one of the “old people” of over 50 years I too am part of the group of oldies who have health concerns (some since birth are coming back to haunt me.) But the Lord is good and always provides what we need. I live in a very small bachelor apartment and drive an old minivan.
    The way I see it, if a family in Africa had my apartment, they would be overjoyed. And the minivan is perfect for helping out friends and families who want to move stuff in the rain.
    It’s all a matter of perspective.

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