The apostle Paul wrote this Scripture about rejoicing always IN Him from prison. How could he rejoice in such dire circumstances? The prisons in those days were deplorable places to be, many times an underground bunker with little light and plenty of rats. He was awaiting a sentence on his life, so he was facing uncertainty about the future and possibly death. How could he write: Rejoice in the Lord always?
It is because this joy is in Him, not in the circumstances. This joy is not dependent on our circumstances, it is not dependent on our feelings, it is the joy in who God is, what He loves, how He feels towards me and what His ways are. This is a timeless joy and it can be experienced and known during any season, when things go well and especially when things don’t go very well.
Do you know this joy?
The joy of how much He loves you, how much He desires an intimate relationship with you?
Do you know the joy of thinking about life like He does – loving what is right, hating what is evil?
Do you know the joy that obedience to Him and staying connected to Him brings?
Do you know the joy of watching the Father work amazing things in your life and the life of others?
This joy that can be yours and it is the joy that will give you strength to go through anything.
Have a Awesome Day!