“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” - Philippians 4:4-5
It’s easy to rejoice when everything is going right. But when times are hard, now that’s another story. We forget the reason for our rejoicing. The believer’s joy comes from the Lord, who is always near, no matter what circumstances we face.
Without the Lord, there’s really no reason to rejoice, but with him there are countless motives to be joyful, thankful, contented, and at peace.
“A personal, prayerful relationship with the Lord will put you in touch with the mother lode of joy. God wants to share himself with you.” –John T. Catoir, Enjoy Your Precious Life