“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4.4-7
God’s word is so absolute. Rejoice always.. let your reasonableness be known to everyone…do not be anxious about anything. It’s almost like we have no excuse.
When we do rejoice in the Lord during difficult times, it allows His glory to shine through us to draw others closer to Himself. When people know we are reasonable, it shows that The Lord is reasonable. When we give up our anxieties and leave them at the cross, it shows our trust in the Creator, and His power and peace.. While rejoicing, being thankful, and reasonable do all benefit us in our attitudes and perspective on life- it ultimately gives glory to God and shows His goodness. This is about Him!
I love these verses because they do not read, “ Rejoice in the Lord when you feel like it. Let your reasonableness be known to some people you come in contact with.” Right? Doesn't that just sound silly?
If anyone had an excuse to not be filled with joy and reasonableness, it would have been Paul and Silas when they were imprisoned in Acts 16. But, they were rejoicing in the Lord!! They were able to do this because they knew the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, and He was within them.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”- Psalm 34.8
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them”-Acts 16.1
This week, think about all that God has done in your life. Rejoice in His goodness, not in your circumstance. Give your anxieties to Him, and He will give you His peace which surpasses all understanding.
I will be praying for you guys, love you all!