“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4
Paul, who was in prison as he wrote this letter to the believers in Philippi, was not likely surrounded by the comforts that are currently provided at present-day penitentiaries. However, despite his circumstances, his exhortation to his family in faith, was to REJOICE!
Rejoice, according to dictionary.com, is defined as: to be glad; to take delight. Another definition further on grants the example: to make joyful; gladden: as a song to rejoice in the heart. Beautiful in meaning, yet seemingly a strange pairing for a person in prison. Paul, despite his chains, chose to rejoice and encourage others to do the same. No, he was not rejoicing because of his current physical standings, rather he was choosing to rejoice in spite of them, because he knew well his Source of strength and provision, and the Provider of the promise held in the hope of heaven.
What is our reason to rejoice this season?
Is it in boxes and bows? In want or in plenty? In pain or in peace? No, regardless of our circumstances, each one of us who knows our Savior who was sent to save us, has reason to rejoice in this season. Our outpouring of this reason to rejoice, can be contagious to believers and seekers alike. If we rejoice regardless of our circumstances or surroundings, we are spreading the real reason to rejoice this season.
“For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
That which was foretold in Isaiah, came to pass. Our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace, provides our every reason to rejoice this season.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son so that all who accept Your gift of grace, might come to know You as Christ the King. Forgive us for allowing our circumstances to get in the way of our rejoicing in this most sacred season. May each of us really remember our reason to rejoice this season. Thank You that regardless of our current circumstances, our future glory rests in You. May our joy be evident in You, and may we allow You to lead us each to love in a way that would guide hearts to Your goodness and grace, so that others too, might truly rejoice in the remarkable reason for this sacred season. Amen.
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