Rejoicing rules!

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4

Yesterday was a difficult day of remembering as the focus on the attacks on September 11 have left a huge impact on all who were alive to see it. I’ve read many blogs and Facebook statuses of where they were that day and how it changed them. So it begs the question, “How do we rejoice when something so devastating has happened in our lives?”

The word “rejoice” has a much deeper meaning than the word “happy.” Happiness is more external in experiences we have had that match our preferences. Rejoice comes from the deepest part of our soul. True rejoicing can only come in connection with God. Bottom line, if it’s only God and us and that’s all there is in our life … Rejoice! We feel through our life that we need other things and people … these are gifts from the Lord because of his love for us. However, if it is all taken away, as Job said, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the relationship we have where I can rejoice no matter what. It is my choice though. I pray that my eyes never stray from you so that I can stand strong when life is hard. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you struggling today? Try to take your eyes off your struggle and cement them on to Jesus. His yoke is lighter.

Stand Strong and Rejoice

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4

We wonder sometimes how it is possible to rejoice as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian church. We can easily do that when life is running smoothly, but what about when challenges arise. There have been devastating events in the life of our world, country, and our individual lives where sorrow so deeply felt makes a home in us where no hope of its leaving can be seen.

But there is hope. Jesus is our hope. When everything around us seems to fall down, we still have the strong foundation of Christ to stand on. That will never be taken from us. When we are in the midst of rubble, God comes through and shows us the beauty he makes from the ashes.

We are a part of God’s story, and it is still being written. It is a story of hope … and it has a very happy ending. So rejoice in that truth.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the everlasting hope you have given me. I pray that I live each day with a sense of rejoicing in your splendor. Amen

Faith Tip: Stand strong in today’s challenges knowing that they are temporary. Rejoice in what is eternal.