Rejoice Today

Where Living Begins Pastor Richard L RiceThis is a day to rejoice; seeing long missed friends, cuddling a baby, finding a lost sock in an odd place, a joke resonating deeply with the soul. Life is good because God is good.

Sometimes joy seems impossible with all the demands and circumstances of modern life. Even so, God calls His people to Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16). If God says that’s what we’re to do, that’s what we’re to do.

Christian joy isn’t a giddy, superficial, emotional happiness. That kind of feeling comes and goes based on circumstances … and circumstances are always unsteady. The joy God gives doesn’t cancel out pain or sorrow or distress; but it rises above the circumstances of the moment because we know God, and we know that He is good, caring, loving, and faithful.

We’re not to rejoice only when things meet our expectations but always, over every issue, matter, problem, circumstance, danger, worry, or victory.

We rejoice because God is in control and His will is always good. He has no evil within Him and no evil ever comes from Him. He works all things together for the good of them that love Him and are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Joy is ours when we look beyond the material facade this world creates and peer into the eternal nature of life in Christ Jesus. Our spiritual riches far outweigh any present pain or circumstance we experience. You can rejoice today.


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