My Aunt Bonnie and Uncle John had a phrase that they used quite often with each other and all of us in the family have kind of picked up on it over the years.
The phrase was “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right”.
They used this phrase in all kinds of situations, and even had an acronym for it...EGBAR. So from time to time, you would hear (and still do hear) someone say EGBAR in our family. I have noticed we especially cling to this phrase at some pretty tough times, such as my family is going through now. I guess it kind of reminds us that no matter what, God is always in control.
Paul had a way of encouraging the early church of this same thing, that no matter what life’s circumstances throw at us, God is in control. Listen to what he writes to the church in Thessalonica:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Even when faced with death, he wanted this church to encourage each other with the words that Christ will come back for His bride and we will be with Him FOREVER. When this happens there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more suffering, and no more death. Surely, this is the most encouraging message of the Bible.
As children of God, no matter what our circumstances we can certainly say, “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right”.