The cares of this world can seem overwhelming. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to feel happy. Yet, in this seemingly overwhelming situation of the disciples, Jesus commanded them to be of good cheer!( Matthew 14:27)
What is Jesus trying to imply?
In an instant where their sense of reality was assaulted, how could they be cheerful?
I believe Jesus was drawing the attention of the disciples to Himself and also bringing to their remembrance what He had just done. Which is, the amazing miracle of feeding 5000 men, besides women and children with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. It was right after this miracle Jesus compelled them to get onboard the boat to the other side.
Jesus was drawing their attention to the fact that He’s done it before and could do it again.
People, under normal circumstances would want their problems to disappear and then they can praise God and be of good cheer! So why didn’t Jesus straight away do something about their situation so they could be cheerful rather than commanding them to be cheerful? He needs our cooperation to make things happen in our lives.
I believe Jesus was putting them in a position to experience the miraculous! This wasn’t possible with them feeling all sorts of fearsome feelings.
Jesus commanded them to be cheerful because He needed faith and not fear to be at work in them in order to move in their situation.
In effect, can we as Christians really be of good cheer amidst chaos and not be afraid as Jesus commanded in Matthew 14:27?
I strongly believe we can be of good cheer by remembering who the Lord is, what He has done and the assurance of His presence forever with us!
Be of good cheer my friend! Jesus will do it again, trust Him.