There are many reasons to be down and depressed these days. It has been quite a year and the weight of the accumulated negativity is still present even though there are some little signs of relief. The truth is that some people go through periods of heaviness for a long time or during their entire lives. I know people who could list 30 reasons why they can’t smile and why they are constantly troubled and worried. Worry and fear can be part of your existence to the point where you can’t understand how being happy is even possible. You can look at joyful people and see them as people from another planet. People who don’t know what true difficult living looks like. I was one of those people who didn’t comprehend that joy was even an option. The mountains in my life hid the sun. There was no hope and there was no light. I couldn’t see past the mountains. All I could see was the dark skies that were present night and day. Life was a nightmare and I didn’t think I could wake up from it. However, the Lord gave me a reason to smile. He gave me a reason to rejoice. He taught me what true love was about. He taught me how to smile and how to let myself be wrapped in the arms of bliss. He came into my life and removed the darkness that was keeping me captive. His power to free me was something I had never experienced before. To this day I am amazed at how He powerfully saved me and did what I had perceived as the impossible. He taught me how to rejoice in Him and gave me the precious message that His joy is my strength and I am here to pass that message along to you.
Rejoicing in the Lord is so difficult when you see that there is so much sadness in the world. Is it impossible? Is it not allowed? I know that with God anything is possible and I strongly believe that rejoicing in Him is not only allowed but it is also encouraged. You see, the enemy doesn’t want to see anyone rejoice, especially rejoicing in the Lord. He likes it when people rejoice for all the wrong reasons about all the wrong things. He would like to keep everyone away from trusting God, communicating with Him and growing in Him. Bringing sadness and fear is a good way for him to achieve this separation from God. Sadness makes us focus on the negative and it blocks our eyes of faith. Fear just ripped faith from our hearts and keeps us apart from God. Now, rejoicing in the Lord does the opposite. It keeps our focus on the Lord and it draws us closer to Him. It also builds up our faith. Joy in the Lord is a powerful way of living because the more time we spend in His joy, the stronger we are when life throws difficult times our way. The Lord’s joy gives us access to the heart of the Lord. He is a joyful God. His joy is stronger than all the sorrow in the world. Rejoice in the Lord and you will stay in a steady state of peace and hope.
Should you be rejoicing in the Lord today? Absolutely! Are your current circumstances conducive to rejoicing? Most likely they are not but it is still a good time to rejoice in the Lord. When you do, you confuse the enemy. That is not why you should be rejoicing but it is an added benefit. Rejoice in the Lord because He is always good. Your life might be bad but His goodness will supersede the bad in your life. Keep rejoicing in Him or start rejoicing today. Start with a daily rejoicing hour. Set time aside to rejoice in Him. Put your problems aside and just focus on Jesus. It is not going to be easy at first but you will see how powerful and impactful it is. It will get easier and easier. His joy is going to get into your spiritual system and you are going to get addicted to it. Rejoicing in Him is going to give your spirit a jolt and guide you on the path of recovery from sadness. The joy of the Lord will make you realize that you are clothed with the garments of salvation. Rejoice in the Lord today!
Suggested reading: Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8