Today’s scripture: Philippians 4:4
We Christians quote this verse … a lot. But it’s not as easy as it sounds, is
Oh, when the sun is shining, the pantry is full, the bills are paid, the
children are home and safe, the husband empties the dishwasher without being
asked … then it’s easy to rejoice. We sing praise songs. We thank the Lord for
But rejoice always? When the storms hit? When past due notices pile up? When
yet another interview ends with “You’re not quite the right fit”? When your
teenager comes home reeking of alcohol? When your wife says she just doesn’t
love you anymore? When the pain is unrelenting?
That’s what Paul wrote. Rejoice always. Not just in the good times. Not just
when the sun shines. Always.
How can we do this? It all comes down to a choice. You choose to rejoice. You
choose to trust God’s faithfulness. You choose to believe Romans 8:28.
It’s okay to ask God “why” when things are hard or painful or confusing. But
even when we don’t understand, we can remember God’s blessings, His past
provision, His loving-kindness.
And we can rejoice.