Today’s Bible reading is Philippians chapter 4
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
The word “joy” or”rejoicing” appears at least sixteen times in the book of Philippians, but none so clear as this statement, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NKJV) Christian joy is found in Jesus alone. Joy is different than happiness. Happiness depends on our circumstances, but joy depends on Jesus. Joy is constant. There are at least four reasons to rejoice in the Lord given to us in Philippians chapter four. First, rejoice because of God’s Presence! Paul said, “Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5 NKJV) God is never out of reach if you are a child of God. The Lord is near. Secondly, rejoice because of God’s peace. Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV) Third, rejoice because of God’s power! Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God gives us His power! That means power to pray, power to preach, and power to praise. The hymn writer said it this way, “There is power, power, Yes wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb!” Lastly, rejoice because of God’s provision! Paul said, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Oh what joy we have, how blessed we are!
Prayer: “Dear Father, we rejoice in You! You have blessed us in Christ. We glory in Your goodness. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron