Rejoicing in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

The apostle Paul repeats twice with enthusiasm that we should rejoice in the Lord. Whoever has not experienced the love of God probably does not see any sense in rejoicing in the Lord. However, those who know where God took us from and where He has placed us, we live in joy and gratitude to Him. When we remember what our eternal destiny would have been had it not been for His grace, our hearts are filled with joy and our lips praise Him.

The Bible narrates many events in which its protagonists rejoiced in the Lord. An example is that of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah after God granted them the miraculous victory over three enemies stronger than themselves. In 2 Chronicles 20:27 we read, Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. And in Acts 13:52 we see the joy of the disciples, And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

But the rejoicing in the Lord should not be only when things work out for us. Paul went through many tribulations and rejoiced in God in the midst of them. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says, Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. And James 1:2-3 urges us to rejoice in the trials, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Why should we rejoice in the Lord when things are not going well? The best answer to this question is given by the Bible in Nehemiah 8:10, Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” In our worst moments, rejoicing in the Lord, rejoicing in Him will strengthen us. The joy of the Lord will give us energy, new strength to resist and to emerge victorious from trials.

How can we find joy in the midst of trials? If we want to obtain the joy of the Lord, the best place to look for it is in His presence. Psalm 16:11 says, You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. When problems come, instead of complaining and running away from God or casting the blame for our bad luck, the best solution to enter His presence, to seek His face, not His hands, to delight in Him and thus we will reach joy and peace that It surpasses all understanding.

The best way to demonstrate that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God is by rejoicing in the Lord. The apostle Paul says in Romans 14:17, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We rejoice in the Holy Spirit because joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, as Galatians 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Passing and enduring bad times is not easy. Anyone would think better of weeping than of rejoicing; but rejoicing in the Lord leads us to live in the Spirit. Where there is the Spirit of the Lord there is freedom, then the chains break in His presence. God bless you.

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