Always Be Joyful

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 — Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (NLT).

I think at some point every believer struggles with his or her purpose, or what God’s will is specifically. I’ve certainly been there before, and there are still times when I feel disconnected from Him or don’t really understand the season of life I’m in. If you can relate, my hope is for the next three days to be extremely helpful to you.

First, always be joyful. Contrary to what you might think or feel, you can be full of joy at all times. The Apostle Paul wrote the following from prison:

Philippians 4:4 — Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV)

From his prison cell, Paul reminded himself that he still had something, or Someone, to rejoice about. Notice he chose to rejoice in the Lord. He didn’t sing because he was in prison. He wasn’t excited because his chains matched the garment he was wearing. He made up his heart and mind to praise God because He is good even when circumstances are not. You and I must make the same decision.

Perhaps you feel imprisoned or lost today. Maybe a cloud of uncertainty looms overhead. Even so, I encourage and challenge you to find something to rejoice in the Lord about. God has been so good to you. He’s seen you through so much. You have a testimony of His faithfulness and love toward you. Focus your heart and mind on those things, and praise and gratitude will come spilling out!

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