Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Of all the people on the face of the earth, believers in Jesus have reasons to be glad and rejoice always.
When I was a young believer and read these Scriptures and others like them that commanded us to rejoice always, they seemed crazy to me. Rejoice ALWAYS? You mean, even if I get hurt? Am I to rejoice if someone mistreats me? Am I to rejoice if I’m lonely? Am I supposed to give thanks if I don’t have a job?
How is is possible to rejoice in the Lord always?
As a young believer, I had no idea of the immeasurable and incredible blessings God heaps upon those who believe in his Son, and no idea of how God uses our suffering and pain to ultimately bless us.
I didn’t know that to rejoice and give thanks in all things are acts of faith. I didn’t know that we don’t rejoice because we feel happy at the moment, but because someday our suffering here will produce joy we can’t imagine.
If we could continually remember how God has blessed us we would never grumble or complain.
We would be like my friend Pete, who shortly after believing in Jesus got distracted while driving (he saw a beautiful girl, his future wife, walking down the sidewalk) and plowed into a parked car. When he looked at the damage to his car, he suddenly remembered how Jesus had rescued him from his sins and said, “So what! I’m saved! So what! I’m saved!” (Hear in British accent – Pete’s English).
I know that a dented fender is nothing compared to the unfathomable pain so many go through, but here are 28 reasons we can rejoice in faith in all things.
28 reasons we can rejoice always:
#1 – We have eternal life and can never lose it
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. John 10:27-29
#2 – We are one with Christ
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. RO 6.5
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, EPH 2:5-6
#3 – Jesus has paid for every sin we have ever committed and ever will commit
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. IS 53:5
He himself bore our sins [past, present, future] in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 PE 2.24
#4 – God himself is our Father
and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 CO 6.18
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…RO 8.16
#5 – There is absolutely no condemnation for us in Christ
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. RO 8.1
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. RO 8.34
#6 – We are no longer slaves of sin
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. RO 6.6-7
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. RO 6.14
#7 – We are joint-heirs with Christ and will share in his reward
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. RO 8.17
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. GA 4.7
#8 – We have a sympathetic high priest who knows what we’re going through and intercedes for us night and day
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. HE 4.15
#9 – The Holy Spirit of God dwells in us, leads and counsels us
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. JN 14.26
#10 – The Holy Spirit fills us with abounding hope
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. RO 15.13
#11 – God himself is our fortress, strength and helper
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. PS 46.1
#12 – We have unlimited access to the very throne of God
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. HE 4.16
#13 – Nothing can or will ever separate us from God’s love
For I am sure that neither death nor life, 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. RO 8.38-39
#14 – God works all things – ALL things – for our good
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.. RO 8.28
#15 – Someday we will be reunited with our loved ones who believed in Jesus
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 CO 15.20-22
#16 – The Creator of the universe hears our every prayer
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. PR 15.29
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. PS 34.15
#17 – God has a purpose for our lives which he will certainly fulfill
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. PS 138.8
#18 – God has prepared good works for us to walk in
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. EPH 2.10
#19 – The Lord continually protects us
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Ps 34.7
#20 – God is in control of every detail of our lives
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. MT 10:29-30
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”? IS 40.26-27
#21 – Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” HEB 13.5
#22 – Every bit of pain we endure produces an eternal weight of glory we can’t possibly fathom
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 2 CO 4.17
#23 – God never ceases to watch over and protect us
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. PS 121.4
#24 – God is making each one of his children into the likeness of Jesus
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. RO 8.29
#25 – Our Father will reward us for every good deed we do, no matter how small
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. HEB 6.10
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.” MT 10.42
#26 – God will meet our every need
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. PHP 4.19
#27 – Someday Jesus will personally wipe away all our tears and sadness
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” RE 21.4
#28 – And someday we will gaze upon the glorious face of our Savior for eternity
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 JN 3.2
Our wonderful God has given us so many reasons we can rejoice always. As the song says, we truly do have 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord.
If you’re struggling to rejoice in the Lord always, call these scriptures to mind. Meditate on them. Pray through them. Let God’s word shape the way you process life.