Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
I memorized this verse years ago, but I’m not sure there has ever been a year where I have repeated this verse more than 2021. Twenty years ago, I was unaware that the man who penned those words was bound in prison. Can you imagine the exhaustion Paul perpetually experienced? What about the loneliness of his isolation? And the incredible desire to be with those he loved the most?
And yet, here you have a tired – joyful man encouraging the church at Philippi to rejoice in the midst of their struggle. In our cultural moment, it seems as if exhaustion and weariness cannot coexist with the joy of the Lord. Or said another way, being tired, fatigued, or over-extended has put Jesus followers on the sidelines regarding living faithful, impactful lives. I believe there is something significant that we can learn from Paul here. Whatever has happened in 2021 that may have left you weary doesn’t disqualify you from living a life as an ambassador for Jesus Christ!
Let Paul’s example encourage you today.
Are you exhausted?… Rejoice in the Lord.
Have you been exposed? … Rejoice in the Lord.
Have you lost some meaningful relationships? … Rejoice in the Lord.
Do you need healing? … Rejoice in the Lord.
Imagine the moment the church at Philippi received this letter. Their beloved brother, Paul, was encouraging them to remain faithful and rejoice. The call is the same for us today!
Prayer: Father, Guide me to the truth that I can rejoice in you no matter how I feel or what I am walking through. Thank you for your steadfastness and faithfulness. You are my God, and I will follow you.
Author: Noah Case. Noah is the husband to Lindsay, dad to Eden, Deacon and Cannon. He serves as the Pastor for Community and Mission at Fellowship West.