Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NIV)
Rejoicing is the theme of the book of Philippians, even though the circumstances with which it was written hold no reason for such a sentiment. Paul is under house arrest in Rome waiting to go before Caesar. He is cut off from his friends and chained to a guard 24 hours a day. He is not comfortable and does not know what the future will hold.
And that is the point.
We don’t rejoice because life is good, we rejoice because God is good.
We don’t rejoice only when good things happen – God works through all things.
We don’t wait to rejoice until we have all the answers, we rejoice knowing that Jesus does. And he loves you and will be with you whatever comes.
Set your heart to rejoice in Jesus today. Who he is, what he has done and that your eternal future is secured by his sacrifice. Your present circumstances are provided for by the strength of his grace no matter what they look like. We like to rejoice when we get our way but sometimes the harder way is what we actually need to grow in. Set your mind to delight in a security of his love and the mercy of his grace.
Rejoicing when there is nothing to rejoice about is a divine gift that will transform you.
And if you ask Jesus to open your eyes to see what you have right now to rejoice in, he will.
Take the gift and throw a party.