Updated: Apr 1
In this season of uncertainty and change, we are constantly being
reminded of our need to pray. In Philippians chapter 4, Paul tells us exactly
how we should pray, but before he lays all of that out, he gives us a
different reminder. In Philippians 4:4 it says, “Be cheerful with joyous
celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with
the Anointed One! Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our
Lord is ever near.” (The Passion Translation). Before Paul tells us to pray,
he tells us that we need to be cheerful and full of joy! Galatians 5:22 tells
us that joy is a fruit of the Spirit. He has already given it to us. We just
need to walk in it.
Psalms 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice
and be glad in it”. The Passion translation says it this way, “This is the very
day of the Lord that brings gladness and joy, filling our hearts with glee”.
There is no date placed on this verse. It does not say that only on a
specific day will there be gladness and joy. It says this very day! That
means in the midst of the storm, this day brings His joy. What does it mean
to rejoice? Merriam-Webster defines rejoice as the ability to feel joy or
great delight. I would venture to say that we do not all “feel” joy in every
day, but despite the lack of feeling, joy is still available for you and me.
James 1:2 says, “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are
facing nothing by difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to
experience the greatest joy that you can!” (The Passion Translation)
Nehemiah 8:10 tells us “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” We do not
have to go through this season beat down and defeated or even anxious
and afraid. We can walk in the joy that God has given us, relying on Him
for our strength and our joy.
No matter what you are facing today, our God is greater! No sickness,
financial strain, worry or anxiety can defeat His promises. He is for you, He
is with you, and He promises to never leave you. When we stand on His
Word, we can find strength in His joy.