Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4, 5)
I remember hearing this for the first time and wondering how the heck is this possible when we face all the trials and tribulations that life can throw at us.
In other words what if there’s sickness in the family? How about a financial crises, or a family member is hooked on drugs or alcohol? What about a loss of employment? Your house is foreclosed on? You’ve been accused falsely? Your car was broken into and your laptop and cell phone were stolen? A loved one dies unexpectantly? How do we rejoice when hit with situations like this?
When my children were little they watched movies. Most were about 90 minutes long. At the end of 90 minutes everything worked out. There was a happy ending. I used to tell them, when they were older, that life was not a movie. Sometimes situations take years before they resolve. Other times they never resolve at all.
The point I’m making is this, and I’ve learned it slowly but steadily over the last 36 years, while walking with the Lord. Here’s the secret…
He’s in control ofall things and as the word says: my times are in your hands.
He loves us and he has a plan for our life, as he cares for us.
He will present us before His presence with singing and joy! With that in mind no matter what we face we can rejoice in the Lord, because the victory is already won and redemption and salvation may be only a breath away.
He is the keeper of our souls.
He is the one who ransomed us.
He is the one who knows us better than we know ourselves.
He will eventually wipe away every tear.
He has triumphed over death.
He will judge the living and dead.
He is the first and the last.
All things were made by Him and without Him nothing that was made was made.
He was sent to earth because His father loved the world.
He can break the power of sin in our lives… Who the Son sets free is free indeed.
His kingdom is everlasting.
He is our hope.
At the end of Watchers 9, I look into the camera and say this. If you think you know Him but you don’t know Him, then you don’t know Him.
Jesus created us, as we are made in His image and likeness. He has overcome the world and thus we rejoice not because of the trials but because we know Him. We have a personal relationship with Him. He is more intimate with us than anyone including our spouses.
Do you know the Prince of peace? Do want peace in your life? Confess your sin and acknowledge Him who was sent to die in our place. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Rejoice!