Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!
Life they say is not all rosy. Life will sometimes come hard at you. At some point in your life, you will be faced with a daunting task. Hard times come and life sometimes feel bitter. What do you do? How do you respond? Once upon a time the church in Philippi were facing persecutions and trials for their faith in Christ, and these were Paul’s words of encouragement to them: rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!
At first sight, it will seem Paul is not being sympathetic, he is crazy for saying that and not being real, but it is important to note that Paul was in prison and facing possible execution when he wrote these very words. In his letter to the Philippians the words, rejoice and joy appear sixteen (16) times throughout the whole book. In a life of ups and downs, Paul had learnt that a life of joy was the way to live the Christian life – The book of Philippians is described by theologians as Paul’s joy letter.
Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it everyday.
– Henri NouwenJoy is not dependent on your circumstances or possessions, joy is found and deeply rooted in Christ. The NLT Bible defines joy as the quite, confident assurance of God’s love and work in our lives – that He will be there no matter what!
Life will take you through many journeys: mountains, valleys, storms, disappoints and everything in between, but like Paul, whatever circumstances you may find yourself in, you can rejoice because you know Christ is still in control and you know Him.