I struggle with worry. And sometimes even knowing that God is on the throne does not decrease my worry because, as we all have experienced, God does allow some terribly painful things in our lives at times. Sometimes I even fear what’s next- what He will allow.
Yet Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again, rejoice!“ And shortly after this in verse 6, “Don’t worry about anything…”
I’ve been trying to think about this today, how we can rejoice even when we know that as long as we are on this side of heaven, we will have troubles.
“Rejoice” is defined this way… “to be ecstatic, be euphoric, be overjoyed, be as pleased as punch, be jubilant, be in raptures, be beside oneself with joy, be delirious, jump for joy, be thrilled, be on cloud nine” (Click here for source)
Makes me laugh… how can I ecstatically jump for joy in the midst of suffering? There must be a way or God would not have commanded us to rejoice. So I think the key must be having my mind fixed on Christ, heaven, and eternity... not the here and now. That no matter how horrible our experience on earth, even if we should have to go through what Job went through… this is as bad as it’s going to get for those who have believed and accepted Jesus’ free gift of eternal life with Him, because the God who is in control loves us so much that He made a way for us to never have to experience hell though we deserve it...
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” 1 Peter 5:10.
That is something to be delirious with joy over for sure! 😊
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