In the darkness of their cell, Paul and Silas—after surviving the severe beating—aren’t moaning and groaning; they’re praying and singing hymns to God. Acts 16:22 (The VOICE)
reasons to rejoice
Here are a few ways that are helping me to rejoice:
- Ask God to give you a fresh awareness of His love. Not once, but all day long, over and over. From personal experience, I simply can’t be acutely aware of God’s love for me and NOT rejoice. It’s always there. We just need His help to make us aware of it.
- Recall how He has worked in the past. God has brought me out of more dark times and circumstances than I can count. When I remember how much “garbage” he has already freed me from, I rejoice. It also strengthens my faith in Him for these present struggles.
- Listen to music. There is just something about praise music that lifts our souls. Paul and Silas knew it, too. They “sang praises” to God in prison.
At the moment, we may be denied the presence of so many people that we love. But the Creator of the Universe never denies us His presence. He is always near. As we choose to rejoice, it opens our eyes and our hearts to an awareness of His love and goodness.
Right now we are locked down by circumstances.
But we can’t get closer to Him without feeling free. Rejoice, my friend.