READ : Philippians 4:4-9
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!” (v. 4).
Paul is emphasizing that we are to rejoice in the Lord. He is in prison and yet he rejoices. His reasons are obvious: He is happy because Christ is being preached (Phil. 1:18). He believes in prayer and deliverance (v. 19). Most of all he believes that whether he lives or dies, he belongs to the Lord (vv. 22-23). The key to these blessings is “He believes.” So also the key making it possible for you to receive these blessings is childlike faith.
Life produces many pressures. There is much hardship in the world. Many people are homeless, many have lost their jobs, and many have seen the destruction of their homes by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or fire. There are countless disasters today including wars and crimes. Circumstances change because of these happenings.
It is because of hardships that Paul wrote these encouraging words while in prison. We all are prisoners to some hardships in life. Can we still rejoice in them? We can, if Christ rules our lives, for even though it is difficult to understand, we do know that all things work together for good if we love the Lord (Rom. 8:28).
Thank You, Lord, that You have promised to be with us always: never leaving or forsaking us, no matter what happens. In Jesus’ name. Amen.