Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Rejoicing is getting super excited about something. It is showing extreme joy about something. Although there is a lot of sadness and pain in the world, people still get excited about many different things and for many different reasons.
Couples that are getting married are usually rejoicing that they are getting married. Fans of sports are rejoicing and go crazy when their team is winning the championship. Workers are filled with joy when they are told they are getting a promotion and a large pay raise. Parents are excited about the birth of their first child and show off their baby to everyone. Grandparents show off pictures of grandchildren as they are rejoicing.
While the world can find reasons to rejoice in the temporary things, believers have even a greater reason to rejoice. Paul tells the Philippians to always rejoice. As he is stating this, he is sitting in prison for something that he did not do. His focus on rejoicing, however, was not on the temporary things of this world, but on the Lord, who is eternal.
Some will refuse to rejoice in the Lord, because of “bad” things that have occurred in their lives. They blame God for what has happened and cannot find any joy.
Yet, every believer has every reason to be joyful in the Lord. At a minimum, every believer has been for given of every sin and given eternal life. This alone should cause one to rejoice with extreme excitement. It should cause one to run out and tell everyone who he can about the great news. It is front page breaking news to share.
Yes, there will be times of trouble and pain, yet, that salvation is still there. God is on the side of the believer and holding him up. God is providing for his every need.
Find reasons to rejoice in the Lord today. Despite the troubles you have, count your blessings that God has given you. Be excited!
As you rejoice in the Lord, you will find strength to keep going forward and trusting God even more. It will put a bounce in your step and give a reason for others to want what you have. They will see that Jesus is real and is worth it all.
Today, as Paul said, rejoice in the Lord always! Rejoice!
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will find joy in knowing God; that you will be excited to talk about Jesus; and that you will find His joy in every situation in your life.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Going through life, everyone has many challenges and problems. It is often very difficult. In this verse Paul gives a few little simple things to do in order to get a person through the challenges of life.
“Be joyful in hope.” As a believer you know that someday Jesus will return to take you to heaven with Him. At that time you will be made perfect and that there will be no more pain or suffering.
What this means for today is that the challenge you are going through is only temporary. God has stated that He will meet all of your needs. With this in mind you can be joyful that there will be an end and someday you will be in heaven with God. Have the inner excitement that God is in control and will help you.
“Patient in affliction.” When you are going through a difficult time, it can be difficult to wait for the answer to come. It is hard to wait for the situation to end.
Again you know that the situation is only temporary. You also know that God will meet your needs. Now you must wait for the answer. The answer may come today, tomorrow, in ten years, or when you step into heaven. You must wait for the answer. You must be patient.
“Faithful in prayer.” Finally, you must be faithfully praying. You are to pray without ceasing. In everything you are to pray. You are to be loyal to God to communicate with Him.
You must take your needs before God. Let Him know how you feel and how you are doing and what you desire. Spend time worshipping Him for what He is doing and will do in your life in both the good and bad times.
If you are not going through a difficult time right now in life, wait, it will come. Jesus promised difficult times. When those difficult times do come remember to be joyful, patient, and faithful in prayer. God will bring you through it. You will be amazed at how God works all things out for your good. Are you trusting Him today?
I pray today that you will know the joy of the salvation Jesus provides; that you will have God’s hope; that God will help you to be patient for His answer; that you will be faithful in prayer to God; and that God will do great and wonderful things in and through you.