Keeping in line with yesterday’s devotional, today we are going to take a closer look into why we should rejoice in the Lord always. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 4:11 — 12 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
When Apostle Paul says to the Philippians, “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content…,” that is the same thing as saying, “The Lord has taught me how to rejoice no matter what my situation is.” Paul then proceeds to share three specific reasons he rejoices in the Lord always:
1.) Even when he was brought low, God taught him how to flourish despite his circumstances. Nothing and no one can hold us down when God raises us up.
2.) Even when filled with God’s Word, God taught him to still have a hunger for Jesus. Paul rejoices because he has learned that God does not put a limit on how much we can know about Him or how close we can get to Him.
3.) Even when doing well in life, God taught Paul that he still needs the Lord. Paul finds joy in knowing that God doesn’t just hold our hand when we’ve fallen down. He holds our hand when we are standing tall. This is important, because we can sometimes feel like we don’t need God as much when we are succeeding. What we can fail to realize, however, is that our most successful times can be our most vulnerable times: not just because we can let our guards down but because we are then prime targets for the enemy to try to shoot down.
Our Heavenly Father giving us the ability to succeed when everything and everyone around us says otherwise is truly a reason to rejoice. The fact that we are allowed to continue indulging in God’s greatness even when we are already full on His mercy is reason for rejoicing. God not turning us loose just because we are experiencing success is worth rejoicing over, for sometimes life on top is more perilous than life at the bottom. In whatsoever state we are in, let us be content. Let us rejoice.
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