In New Living Translation of the Bible, there is 137 times when it was written ‘Rejoice!’ Why? And how? When the world we live in is such a sad place with sad people in sad circumstances.
It says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Solomon couldn’t have said it better. Most of us live in the ordinary because our hope was dashed or deferred. I speak for myself that God is working on my lion heart because I am so easily discouraged before. Words stick like glue on my head, whether good or bad.
I am writing this blog to share to you what God is teaching me – to rely on Him for strength (Philippians 4:13) and to listen and take heart what He says (Psalm 45:10). I met many people who like me has deferred hopes and I want to encourage you that ‘weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5).’
I encourage you to cry to God then wipe your tears and fix your eyes on Him because we don’t know when He’d bring our breakthrough. We wouldn’t want to be caught sad and still dwelling on past pains. And worse, we miss the present’s PRESENTS because we dwell on our past hurts. It hurts, I know, but make room for joy in your heart. Ask God for grace to rejoice! Some of you even need to forgive, may it be other people or yourself. Forgive and rejoice so that when his breakthrough finally comes, we will joyfully welcome it and not miss it because of past hurts.
And most of all, Jesus is enough reason to rejoice. It’s difficult when we focus on the things we see in the natural but may we see Jesus in all of these and truly we have hope for today and joy in the morning.
David encouraged himself in Psalm 103:1-5 – Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I know God wants you to go out and look at the stars in the sky at night and to bask in the sunrise, and just like David, to rejoice and praise God in spite of our circumstances.
Welcome his gift with a smile on Your face!
So…SMILE! See! You look better when you’re smiling! 😀