Peace family, for several days, I have had an old camp song stuck in my head. Perhaps you learned it as a small child. It goes, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say ‘Rejoice’ (x2)… Always, always, rejoice in Him always, always, always, rejoice in Him always!”
It’s taken directly from Philippians 4:4. I recently had some pretty painful, highly stressful days, but still, that song was playing in the background of my mind. My first inclination would be to get annoyed, especially if someone else were to sing that song at me when I am hurting or frustrated, but there is something truly freeing, when out of your own volition, you choose to find whatever you can praise God for, despite your surrounding circumstances.
I think one thing that’s especially powerful about this verse, is what follows it. Directly after this verse, the Bible tells us not to worry about anything, but to present our requests to God with thanksgiving, and then, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Peace family, God is not mocking us by saying this. If we are saying, “But I’ve prayed about this, and been thankful, and I’ve tried to rejoice, but I just see no solutions.” That’s ok. God is still more powerful than even our biggest mountains, even when we do not know what he is doing. Keep trusting in him, believing that He is good and has a plan for your life, and that he will heal and help you. Even when we can’t rejoice about our circumstances, we can always rejoice in the Lord and who he is, and all of the good things that he has done for us and given to us.