Monday, March 5, 2018 By Beau Gentry
Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
I get a daily news feed in my email every day. It just captures the big headlines and gives snippets on the prior day’s happenings. There isn’t very much in there that is positive or makes me feel good about where and when we live. It is pretty easy to read it and get wrapped up in the negativity. Couple all that negativity with a job in which a lot of what I do deal with problems, and by the end of the work day, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to be happy about. This can lead to a ‘head down’ attitude. I’m sure we have all been there. We’ve felt like nothing is going right. Our good expectations have been overcome by reality. Plans aren’t working the way they should. The thing we were hoping for didn’t come to fruition. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to cope with a serious health issue or the death of a close loved one.
We all have things going on our lives that lead us towards negativity, maybe even hopelessness. Sometimes when I’m feeling like the world is out to get me, I tend to coach myself on thinking positively, and focusing on what is going right. And while that may help in the short term, it isn’t the right answer.
Paul says that we need to rejoice in the Lord. Not just when we are feeling good, or when we feel spiritually strong, but ALWAYS. He is the one thing that we can always rejoice in. He is the only place where our joy won’t fade. He is our hope!
The grace given to us by Christ should cause us to rejoice despite any other circumstances. The most important thing in our lives should always be the fact that Christ has died to save us. When we are joyful and rejoicing despite the worldly circumstances around us, it allows others to see where our true hope is.
No matter what your circumstances, remember Paul’s words and rejoice in the Lord! We always have Him to rejoice in!