“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Phil 4:4
One of the things I love about this verse is that, regardless of the differences in context that exist as it relates to culture, time that surrounds this verse, it has one central truth; “Rejoice in the Lord.” Today we as believers are exhorted to not just rejoice, but rejoice in the Lord, despite our circumstances. Paul was in prison when he wrote this exhortation. Very often us being happy and offering praise to God is based on how well things are going for us. But for Paul, rejoicing in God is not about our current situation but it is based on who God is.
Today I’m not by any stretch of the imagination trying to play down what some of you might be going through, but what I do know is that the word of God is just as relevant today as it was when first written. So I exhort you today as the church at Philippi was exhorted by the Apostle, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.”