“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.” Philippians 3:1 (NASB)
Rejoice! To rejoice is to be glad in or about something. There are many things in life we can be glad in or become excited about. Our family, a new job, our spouse, an upcoming event, or a hobby can cause us happiness, but those things only bring temporary happiness. Many have experienced or know of someone who has on-going depression, sadness, and feelings of uncertainty based upon fluctuating and ever-changing circumstances.
Life can be difficult and can result in great heartache and pain. It is during those times that we must remember that God is always in control, He is ordering our steps, and guiding us through the darkest valleys (Psalm 115:3). We must also remember that His great and infinite love for us has not changed and His love for us will not change. It is during those darkest times in our lives that we must choose what we continuously think about because it is during those times that we are the most vulnerable. And because we are the most vulnerable, we must choose to believe that God is always good and in His goodness, He has a purpose. We must think about who God says He is in His word, His unfailing love, and His faithfulness because He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19).
When we choose to think about how our holy and merciful God saved us from His wrath through Jesus Christ His Son, we can be joyful and rejoice (Romans 5:6-11). When we choose to think about who God is, how He cares for us and loves us more than anyone ever could, we can be joyful and rejoice (Romans 8:31-39). When we choose to think about how God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), we can experience the safety found in a permanent joy that will not disappoint us and this joy is certain and is a safeguard for us.
When you choose to rejoice today, choose to rejoice in the Lord. Rejoicing in the Lord is a permanent gladness that will safeguard you!
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,