“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be made known to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4,5)
“Rejoice in the Lord always.” Always? All of the time? What about times of pain? Or overwhelming fatigue? What about when I am afraid? Do I have to rejoice then? Yes. The writer of Philippians must have heard the hearts of many down through the generations who are joined together by the fellowship of pain.
“Okay, but . . .”
“I will say it again; rejoice!”
In the Miriam Webster Dictionary rejoice means to feel joy. To get a better grip on what it means to rejoice, I looked up joy. Joy is defined as “having a sense of well being.” We do not need to work up an emotional sense of happiness & skip down the road. But we can rejoice in the Lord.
It must be possible if we are told so firmly to do it. “Rejoice in the Lord always” is to feel joyful & have a sense of well being in the Lord. I can do that! The Lord is our source of everything we need, & He cares for us. What we need to do then is to turn our eyes upon Jesus & rejoice that He is our Lord.
I have had a long bout of pain. It seems as if since Christmas until the beginning of March I have been knocked down. It all started with a broken foot that just wouldn’t heal right. Add in the flu for a while, a post Christmas crash, & then have my foot re-break & several of the smaller bones break too. Then neuropathy & MS complicate the doctor’s decisions on how best to get this under control!
Many times I have turned my eyes onto myself & & my pain. I have cried a lot, but crying is okay. God knows our hearts & feels our pain. The most important thing here is to remember that when the tears are done, we dry our eyes & then turn our eyes back up to Jesus.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
About the Author:
S&ra Platt is a Pastor’s wife & mother of 2 great college aged kids. She & her husb& live in a beautiful rural area of Southern Indiana. She is owned & cared for by 2 spoiled cats. She likes to read uplifting books, to bake & to be outdoors. The prayer of her heart is in Psalm 19 “May the words of my mouth & the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock & my Redeemer.”