By Mac Deaver
In Phil. 4:4 Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the
Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.” --But what
are some circumstances that call forth the joy of which Paul
We ought to rejoice in our
salvation. After the Ethiopian officer’s conversion,
he went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39). After the
seventy returned from their mission, Jesus told them to
rejoice that their names were written in heaven (Lk.
10:20). If one’s sins are forgiven and his name is
written in the Lamb’s book of life, he certainly ought to
We ought to rejoice as we realize that
God is in control of world affairs. Sometimes the
catastrophic events throughout the world cause us all great
concern. But we must not despair, realizing that God
is aware of all, and is in control of all. (Rom.
13:1-4; Isaiah 6:1). And even if we must suffer for
right-doing, there is occasion for rejoicing (Acts 5:41; 1
We ought to rejoice in the knowledge that
all will work out to the ultimate good of the
faithful. “And we know that to them that love God all
things work together for good, even to them that are called
according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). All things
revolve around the good of the church. Paul also said,
“The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will
save me unto his heavenly kingdom….” (2 Tim. 4:18).
Indeed, the Christian has every reason to
rejoice in the Lord.
- Ronald Bartanen preaches for Arthur Church of Christ,
Arthur, IL. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com