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But Take Heart – Be Of Good Cheer

Everyone at one time or another has experienced times/seasons in their lives that were so difficult, they weren’t sure if they’d get through them. Times when their faith was severely tested.

In those very difficult times/seasons of life, we often wondered, “Where are you Lord?” We cried out in prayer to the Lord for relief, to be rescued from our very difficult time/season of life, but no rescue, no relief was felt. It felt like the Lord had abandoned us.

We read those comforting words, that wonderful promise the Lord spoke to Joshua as he took over as the leader of the Israelites after Moses had died in Joshua 1:5No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you(emphasis added)

That promise the Lord spoke to Joshua stands true for His people today, but in those very difficult times/seasons of our life, our faith in what the Lord promises is challenged.

One of the most difficult times/seasons in believer’s lives, in my opinion, is when they have lost a loved one, even after they prayed and believed the Lord would heal them.

In John 9 as Jesus and His disciples came across a man who was blind, His disciples asked Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” (emphasis added)

Jesus’ response to their question is not what we want to hear in our difficult times/seasons of life. “Neither this man or his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in him(emphasis added)

Throughout the Scriptures, we read where the Lord’s chosen vessels endured many difficult times/challenges in their lives. They weren’t spared from having to go through difficult times/challenges in their lives. Neither are you and me my friend.

Romans 8:28a “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (emphasis added)

After informing His disciples they would be scattered and leave Him alone, though Jesus was never alone, Jesus spoke works we need to heed in our difficult times/seasons in life

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart (NKJV Be of good cheer) for I have overcome the world

Take heartbe of good cheer in the most difficult times/seasons of my life? Lord, you surely didn’t mean that, did You? Yes He did!

We need to trust that whatever difficulties we may face in life, the Lord is with us and will use them to display His mighty working power in our lives, so the world can see, our Lord is real and He stands by what He promised!!!

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