Wednesday, 17th January 2024: Be of good cheer!

Scripture Reading: Act 23:11
And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Reflections: Paul was accosted by a mob in Jerusalem and endured animosity and anger from the populace. Fortunately, the captain of the city intervened and rescued him. However the situation landed him in prison. That night, while in custody, he had a supernatural encounter with the Lord Jesus, who comforted and admonished him to be of good cheer. The Lord reminded him that his task of testifying about the kingdom was not yet over and that Rome would be his final assignment. The Greek word translated as ‘be of good cheer’ is tharseō, which means to exercise the courage that keeps you going in the face of danger or adversity until you have accomplished a given task. At some point in life, you may encounter adverse conditions that make you feel like giving up, even though you still have duties. However, the only way to overcome such circumstances is to be of good cheer, knowing God is by your side. Be of good cheer

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the grace to be of good cheer.

Confession: I am of good cheer.