Devotional For November 12, 2023

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬

What does it mean to rejoice always? It is a joy that is not controlled by circumstances. The source of this joy is not found in the pleasures of the world but rather in the character of our Lord. As we survey this verse, let’s explore three aspects that encourage us to rejoice.

1. Rejoice in the Lord: Our joy is anchored in the Lord Himself. Regardless of the storms that may rage around us, the foundation of our joy remains in Him. It’s not contingent on our situations but on the unchanging nature of God. We can rejoice because God is always good.

2. Always: The command to rejoice always is not a suggestion but a call to a consistent attitude of rejoicing. It means rejoicing when times are good and when times are not so good. The “always” challenges us to see beyond the immediate circumstances and trust that God’s sovereignty is at work.

3. Rejoice Again: Paul underscores the importance of joy by repeating the command – “Again, I will say, rejoice!” It’s as if he wanted to emphasize that the call to rejoice is not a one-time event but a continuous lifestyle of a Christian. Even when challenges threaten to steal our joy, we are reminded to return to the source, to rejoice again in the Lord who is our strength and refuge.

Are you rejoicing in the Lord today?

Pray

Lord, thank You for being the source of joy for me. Help me to cultivate a spirit of joy, anchored in a close relationship with You. Help me to continually find joy in your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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