(October 28, 2015)
The Lord’s statement here, for us to be of good cheer because He is with us, is profound in its implications. Having been through a trial or two in my day (in fact, being in the midst of one right now), I have learned that my happiness is directly proportional to my trust in the Lord. If I trust Him, and believe that He will make everything alright (and any suffering that I have is not wasted, nor is it permanent), I find myself with the capacity to stand up to the challenges of the day. If, on the other hand, I focus on the unfairness of it all I begin a downward spiral that ultimately results in misery for me. The situation is the same either way, but remembering the Lord makes all the difference in my happiness.