I’m keeping it brief this morning. But the verse is so amazing, there isn’t much else to add.
1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,[a] rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
Whatever happens rejoice in the Lord.
Whatever means whatever. It means good times. It means bad times. It means times of plenty and times when there isn’t enough.
So if you have a good day, rejoice in the Lord.
If you have a bad day, rejoice in the Lord.
If something you were hoping would happen didn’t happen, rejoice in the Lord.
If you’ve had to work so much overtime you can’t concentrate on anything else and there doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight, rejoice in the Lord.
If you’re sick, rejoice in the Lord.
If you’re healthy, rejoice in the Lord.
If you’re in a job you love, rejoice in the Lord.
If you’re in a job you don’t like anymore, rejoice in the Lord.
And if you’re downhearted and sad for no apparent reason, rejoice in the Lord, even if you don’t feel like it. Because He is worthy of praise whether you feel like praising Him or not. And even if the stuff that’s going on in your life right now stinks, hold on becuase it won’t stay that way forever. Rejoice. Praise God for it. And once you can praise God for it, you’ll be able to get through it.
That’s faith. Believing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel even when you can’t see it. Believing that eventually someday you’ll get to the place where you can make a difference, where you can see your dreams come true, even though there’s no hope of it right now.
Rejoice in difficulty, no matter what your circumstances, and you’ll make it through.
Whatever happens, rejoice in the Lord.