- In times like these when we find ourselves wrestling with fears and concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to find cause for rejoicing. However, the Bible commands Christians to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).
- How is it that we can be a people of rejoicing, always? It starts by remembering that Christian joy isn’t based on our circumstances; it’s based on the One who superintends our circumstances. As Christians we can rejoice always because our trust is in a God who is sovereign and good in all things.
- As Christians we can rejoice in what God has done for us in our salvation. The apostle Peter calls this reality “a living hope”; and he declares that we can rejoice in this hope even though we presently suffer grief in all kinds of trials (1 Peter 1:3-6). No matter our circumstances, we have a constant basis for joy in our salvation.
- As Christians we can rejoice in what God is doing for us through our present circumstances. The apostle James encourages us to find joy, even in our trials, because God uses our trials to grow our faith and mature us (James 1:2-5, 12). Nobody enjoys trials, but when we understand God’s purpose in them, to make us more like Christ, that’s a reason to rejoice.
- As Christians we can rejoice in what God will do in our lives in the future. How can we rejoice over things that haven’t even happened yet? Because as the apostle Paul tells us, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). As the Lord assured Israel thousands of years ago, God knows the plans he has for you too (Jeremiah 29:11). So, trust him and rejoice.
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