Rejoice, Always.

Some of us seek to praise God as an attempt to secure our safety in this world. I was there. Yet, our safety is not by our praising but by the will and promises of God. The new covenant.

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, O Lord. That was the vow of Christ to the cross. That’s our vow as it concerns the way we are to feel, the mindset we are to have toward evil in this world for God works everything to our benefit.

It hurts when we’re separated. It hurts. We’re to be reminded that we’re not spared of the troubles of this world. Even when we see or hear what’s happening, we certainly don’t always feel at peace.

But when we’re reminded that God uses everything to His glory in Jesus, all to Jesus we surrender as he too surrendered all of himself at the cross.

Whatever others have suffered, we are not immune. We’re not better than those who left us in this world. If we should boast in anything it should be the love of God, the love of Christ Jesus for all of us, the love largely depicted in the new covenant.

Praised be Your name, Jesus, despite the heartbreaking surprises to be experienced in this world. Praised be Your name, Jesus, for You concurred death and are now alive again and well. Praised be Your name, Jesus, for you live in us. Amen.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Rejoice always, Amen.

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