Today I choose to rejoice at whatever happens in this day --- and beyond.
Yesterday in my Bible study group discussion one of the ladies who has chronic pain shared with our group that she had read this and we discussed the fact that we should choose joy, to rejoice, to place ourselves in others' shoes, to realize that no matter what is going on in us there is always someone who is going through so much more. Just because we love the Lord and are following His direction in our lives we are not immune to things happening that would cause us not to have the best of moods, to have a bad attitude, to complain or grumble, but we are to see whatever happens as something God has allowed and often to see us overcome. When I got home I read about "The Prayer of Rejoicing" in a devotional book. Hmm - imagine that! Here is some of what it spoke to me:
Using Phil. 4:4 & Psalm 9:2 I see that we're reminded to rejoice no matter what ...
Two different times Paul reminds us in Phil. 4 to Rejoice. We aren't to worry or have fear about anything that comes into our lives but are encouraged to pray and give thanks, rejoice, while the events of life are happening. For if we wait until the event is over to rejoice we've not overcome!
We really won't have much to give testimony about if we wait until it's all perfect prior to rejoicing and giving thanks. Shine while the rain is beating down. Now, that's a testimony! True spiritual maturity happens when we can look at the storm and rejoice knowing that God is in complete control. 2 Cor. 3:18 tells us that we "are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another". This reminds me of "line upon line, precept upon precept" as I just read in Is. a couple days ago. We learn through the storms. When we leave everytime a storm comes we'll never know how to walk with another through their storms. Jesus did not run away from but directly into the challenges in life that were presented to Him and we are to emmulate that same characteristic. We are to depend on Him and His presence in the midst of life's challenges, this will be what carries us through and gives us the ability to Rejoice during the storm.
In His Love,