November 23, 2015

Philippians 4:4-9

The Apostle Paul was in a Roman prison awaiting possible execution for the sake of Christ when he penned these words: "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice."

His words are a reminder there will be times when we will not be able to control our circumstances or life situations. In the midst of what we might consider a terrible situation, Paul set an example for all Christ-followers: to focus our thoughts, words, and actions on Christ and on what he has done for us.

Rejoicing in trials is not a guarantee of deliverance, but it reflects the work of Christ in our lives. It allows us to show others by example what is really important to us. It makes a statement to the world. It is a testimony to the power of Christ in our lives. Thanksgiving with rejoicing is not a once-a-year experience. For the Christ-follower, it should be a daily one.