Everything Is Going to Be Alright, Nuh-Uh

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” is a song by the German group Sweetbox. The song is based on Suite No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a catchy tune, but everything isn’t gonna be alright. However, you can be.

You will never be carefree. No one, absolutely no one, has ever been. Therefore don’t resent it not being. Expect it and deal with it.

There has never been a more cautionary statement than this by Jesus spoken to His beleaguered disciples, “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.” (John 16: 33) For good reason it sounds like our world.

There was purpose in the statement: “that in Me you may have peace.” The operative word is “peace.”

There was a warning: “in the world you will have tribulation.”

There is a challenge: “be of good cheer.”

There is a reason for good cheer: “I have overcome the world.”

There are two wonderful possibilities: you may have peace and good cheer.

You can share Paul’s confidence as when his life was threatened he wrote: 

“It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1: 20)

He got it. Followers of Jesus live in a no lose position. It is confidence, based on the belief death is the end . . . . the front end of glory.

With the optimum care for holy boldness can be exercised in living large and attention given it with pluck. Though life is very good at robbing us of our hope, it does not have to be allowed to do so. However, God’s promise today is no less true than when first penned: “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

Now, that is an unqualified commitment. If you believe it, rely on it.

A popular bumper sticker reads: “KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. NO GOD, NO PEACE.”

Much is said about problems being caused because of difficulty with the supply chain. There is no problem with God’s supply chain. He is always in time, on time, every time. A word of caution, God’s clock and ours is not always synchronized, and we operate on His time. 

Jesus offers us peace that “passes all human understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) This peace is a “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22), “not a fruit of culture.” That’s why God’s peace is never diminished. If it is not diminished that means there is a supply of it right now for you. Things aren’t always good, God is always good.