Rejoice Always (Noon)
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
There is a hymn called “It Is Well With My Soul”. The writer, Horatio Spafford, was a wealthy attorney from Chicago. In 1870, his only son died from dengue fever. One year later there was a great fire that burned almost all of his property assets. One day, he and his family were about to go to Europe. But for one reason or another, Spafford asked his wife and four daughters to sail first. Something happened. In the middle of the trip, the ship sank. And a few days later he got a message from his wife saying that their four children drowned, only herself survived.
Spafford immediately sailed to meet his wife. Along the way, he looked out over the ocean and mourned his four daughters who had died. Then he decided to praise God and wrote this hymn “When peace like a river attendeth my way; When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul.”
The life story of Horatio Spafford is very extraordinary because in all the calamities he has experienced, he could still praise and glorify God. Most people can only rejoice when they experience the good things in their life. But not everyone can praise God when bad things happen to them. Spafford teaches us that we do not need to wait for a joyful moment before we praise God, but so that we can still praise and glorify God at any moment in our lives. Then peace and divine joy that surpasses the understanding will fill our hearts even if circumstances have not changed.
DO NOT WAIT for a miracle moment to rejoice. REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!
1. Are you able to rejoice?
2. Why do you think we need to rejoice always?
3. In what ways can you always rejoice in all circumstances?
“Lord, we want to learn to always be joyful, both in a pleasant and unpleasant condition. We want to be able to shout and praise Your name because our peace and joy do not depend on the world but You alone, the Source of Joy and Peace. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”