A Spirit of Joy
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4 (ESV)
One of my favorite worship songs is entitled “Rejoice” and was written based off of the scripture verse in Philippians 4. I enjoy this song for many reasons and I’m thankful that God spoke to my heart years ago emphasizing that joy is such a vitally important factor for my spiritual stability. I think we all would agree that “rejoicing” comes easily to us when life’s circumstances are going well. But do you “rejoice in the Lord” when life’s challenges and struggles come your way?
I find it interesting that the Apostle Paul, who wrote the Book of Philippians, would be communicating to the church to “rejoice” while being in prison. And although Paul was writing from prison, he eloquently expresses that the secret of his joy was grounded in his relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul writes an important and valuable life lesson that says our attitude and outlook do not have to reflect the circumstances that are happening outwardly in our life. Joy is not a feeling, but rather a deep-down confidence that God is in control of everything for your good and His glory, and thus all is well no matter what the circumstances. It’s even noteworthy that Paul repeats his command and thereby emphasize his point, “again I will say, rejoice! Paul chose joy. He was full of joy and convinced because he knew that regardless of the circumstance, Christ was with him. How about you? Do you reflect a joyful attitude when the circumstances of life go south? When bad news comes your way? When an injustice happens to you? When life doesn’t go according to your plan, do you still choose joy?
I believe there are 4 great reasons why you need to choose joy:
1. God deserves it.
2. Your family and friends deserve it.
3. Those apart from God deserve it.
4. You deserve it.
On a personal note, as I write this devotion I’m extremely excited and waiting with great anticipation for my granddaughter to be born. Although I’m not at liberty to tell you her first name, but I can tell you what her middle name is…you guessed it…Joy!!!
Joy is the quiet, confident assurance of God’s love and work in our life—that He will be there no matter what!
Posted on Mon, November 28, 2011
by Keith Knight