Right before our beautiful granddaughter, Eva, was born, I started a blog series on the “in what” we should rejoice. Presently, I’m fully rejoicing in the birth of a beautiful baby girl, the happiness of my daughter, and the delight of holding a little miracle in my arms!
What about those times, when we don’t see or feel anything tangible in our arms to rejoice in? What about those seasons when the “fig tree does not blossom, the fields yield no fruit, and there’s no cattle in the stall”? (Habakkuk 3:17) Or in other words, not much to be thankful for. What about those times?
Hopefully, some of these posts will encourage you us towards enduring matters in which we can rejoice, apart from and in spite of, our daily circumstances.
We can Rejoice in This–our names are written in God’s book of Life!
We can Rejoice in Him!
And we can rejoice in Hope! The Hope of His appearing. The Hope laid up for us in heaven. The Hope of so much more beyond our present trials.
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory!” I Peter 1:6-8
“…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised ages ago.” Titus 1:2
“…that being justified by His grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life!” Titus 3: 7
“…looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:13
It’s not always easy to rejoice. But it’s a habit we need to develop with everyday use, and pattern ourselves after the many–of whom the world was not worthy–who rejoiced in trials, rejoiced in suffering, and rejoiced in life, all because they had HOPE in a loving God, who keeps all His promises!
Remember the one who said…
“Though the fig tree does not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive fail, and the field shall yield no wheat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls…”
…concluded with this:
I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation!