Our human nature tends to be anxious and we are weigh us down with worries. It can be hard to stop our worrying about the many things in life.
In Philippians 4:4, Paul gives us the antidote to worrying. It is, to “rejoice in the Lord always”. Rejoicing in the Lord is not enough. We are to rejoice not just once but “always”. It means rejoicing should be a part of our lifestyle as Christians.
Not only that, Paul said, “I will say it again: Rejoice!”. It is a repeated command that we should rejoice.
Why should we rejoice?
1. God is sovereign.
He has everything in control. We may not feel it at the moment but God’s timing is the best (Psalm 121:2)
2. God is faithful
He never leaves us or forsakes us (Deuteronomy 7:9-11). We are not in need or in wants. He is with us through the though times and the good times (Psalm 23).
3. God sent His Son
Through the works of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are free from shame and guilt (Galatians 5:1; Isaiah 42:6-7). We have forgiveness from God. We no longer live in shame but we have God’s forgiveness and power. We are now living in freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What does rejoicing in the Lord look like to you?