Thirsty Thursday: Rejoice in the Lord

I hope you are enjoying the New Year and the endless possibilities every new day brings.  Above all, I hope you are rejoicing in the Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

Why is it so important to rejoice in the Lord?  Our current circumstances, be they terrible or wonderful, are temporary.  Life itself is temporary:

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14

But God is not.  He stands the test of time.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 1:8

God is good.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!  Psalm 34:8

God is love and nothing can keep us from His love for us.

For I am sure that neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  God never changes.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 (emphasis mine)

He will never leave you or forsake you.

It is the LORD who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8

Jesus said that He is with us always, “even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  And that is something to rejoice about!

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