Rejoice Always

Honestly, it would seem more realistic for Paul to have encouraged us to have a joyful spirit as a regular goal, but he charges us to ‘rejoice always’ which seems like too monumental a task to achieve. Was Paul living in the same world as us? Does he have a grip on reality and know what we face? If you study Paul’s life, you know he faced many hardships, turmoil and heartache, but he had learned to focus on the Lord and his abundant grace in every situation. There is a paradoxical nature to true Christian joy in comparison to what our world suggests. The Bible teaches us that we can find joy, even in the face of trouble and adversity whether it comes from circumstances beyond our control or from natural consequences to our own poor behavior. God’s joy comes like the rain in the parched and barren dry times. Just when we might be ready to give up, just when we least expect it, the rains come and soak the dry places. The blessing of God brings laughter to a saddened heart, and this kind of joy is truly contagious, even providing rain on other parched souls.

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Nehemiah 8:10

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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