Reasons to Rejoice

Reasons to Rejoice


The Bible speaks a number of

times regarding rejoicing. David once stated, “This is the day which the

Lord has made ,” and then he added, “We will rejoice

and be glad in it ” ( Psalm 118:24 ).

Why isn’t that just as true

today as the day David wrote it? A celebrated writer once wrote, “Every new day

is a miracle.” The point: “the Lord did not owe us another day, but He gave it

to us.”

In the days of Nehemiah ,

when the people of God had combined their efforts in a great cause, they were

coaxed to rejoice, and were reminded: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” ( Nehemiah 8:9-10 ).

Then the people responded with great rejoicing “because they now understood the

words that had been made known to them ( Nehemiah 8:12 ).

Even in the shadow the hideous

cross, Jesus told the disciples, “ Be

of good cheer, I have overcome the world ”

( John 16:33 ).

Of course, they were not glad that Jesus had to suffer so, but were to rejoice

at the happy results — their redemption (cf. Ephesians 1:7 ;

Romans 3:24-25 ).

It is recorded of the early

church that they “received their food with glad and generous hearts ”

( Acts

2:46 ESV ).

In the marvelous book of

Philippians, we read that Paul counseled Christians to “rejoice in the

Lord ” ( Philippians 3:1 );

and then a chapter later repeated, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and

again I will say rejoice ” ( Philippians 4:4 ).

The Thessalonians were instructed similarly, to “rejoice always ”

( 1 Thessalonians 5:16 ).

What a wonderful reason Jesus

gave the early disciples to rejoice when He said, “rejoice that your

names are written in heaven ” ( Luke 10:20 ).

Have we ever thought that when

we are told to “rejoice,” that it implies making a conscious effort to do so?

Happiness is not automatic — it’s

a choice!


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