In the Bible, we are reminded again and again to have joy--to rejoice and be thankful in all circumstances. (1 Chronicles 16:34, Romans 12:11-13, Colossians 2:6-8, 4:1-3).
This is one that despite my normally positive attitude, I have had trouble doing. Feelings and emotions quickly get in the way, and I have a choice to either dwell on it or rejoice and be glad. Why does giving into emotions have to be the easier route?
That's why I think a lot of Christians have lost their joy; they're letting circumstances and people get in the way and steal their joy that God has given to them. They have the same mindset as the world.
Don't get me wrong! Rejoicing is by no means easy; especially when that 10-page paper that you haven't even started is due tomorrow, or when you have a conflict with a friend.
But you can rejoice, knowing that even though we may have trouble He has overcome the world (John 16:32-33)! This is not a time to be depressed or down; this is a time to be excited! Full of life! Full of God! When the world sees us, they will want what we have!
Am I shoving aside struggles and confusion? No! Those things can have a negative effect on our emotions. However, if we meditate on that confusion instead of going to the Word of God to find our answer, we're going to be stuck in a rut! I'm not saying that struggles and confusion don't come; I'm stating that when they do come we can stand against it. Just don't make the problem bigger than our God. Rejoice and be glad! Even Paul had to say it again: REJOICE!
And no sky contains
No doubt restrains
All You are
The greatness of our God