_*”Rejoice evermore. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”*_
*I Thessalonians 5:16,18*
Constant joy and rejoicing is a characteristic of a Christian, or rather must be the characteristic of a Christian. This implies that as a Christian, you must always be rejoicing: in the morning and in the evening, in good and bad times, in times of losses and the times of profits or gains, in the middle of a crisis or in the middle of a triumph and when you feel weak as well as when you feel strong – be rejoicing in the Lord always. The stream of God’s joy in your life must always be flowing, do not allow circumstances or conditions or people to block this stream of joy.
The bible in 2 Samuel 12:18-20, tells us a story of King David and shows us how he responded to the death of his dear child: _”On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.”_ This is the kind of unpredictability the joy of the Lord can give you on the face of earth, right in the middle of a crisis or loss. When men expect you to weep, you worship instead, when they expect you to curse, you instead bless.
Oh! Child of the Most High God, how do you respond to a crisis, or loss or disappointment? Let not your response be predictable to people. Don’t give the devil the kind of response he expects out of you. Never! When you lose a job, instead of grumbling and complaining and being pitiful, go into your account, withdraw part of your savings and offer a thanksgiving to the Lord for the loss. When you lose a dear relationship, instead of burying yourself in lamentations, get up, put on the best make-up ever, take yourself out and rejoice at how much you are loved, accepted and appreciated. Never allow to be downcast and predictable: but let your response confuse the devil and all his allies. Thank you Jesus!
I Love You!