REASONS TO REJOICE Andy Hollifield 10-28-18
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
The bible tells us in Proverbs 24:17 “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth”. It is impossible to be filled with compassion and rejoicing at your enemy’s downfall or misfortune. I have been in the place where I struggled to not rejoice in a situation like that. I guess most of us have had bosses that were impossible to work for and made our lives miserable. It is hard in that position to not rejoice when they are released by your employer. I was compassionate for his family and the position that he had put them in, but at the same time was thankful to finally have some relief. I hated that the situation had gotten to that point.
The word “rejoice” is used 192 times in the bible. I want to look at some reasons we have to rejoice. In the condition our country is in it is sometimes hard to find the good to rejoice in. Paul told the Thessalonians in 5:16 to “Rejoice evermore”. In Luke 6 and Matthew 5, Jesus tells his disciples to rejoice and leap for joy when the world hates you and you lose friends because of your walk with God and they run down your name. Rejoicing is hard enough in that situation much less leaping for joy. He goes on to tell them that their reward is great in heaven because they treated the saints and prophets before them the same way. In other words; we are in good company. I know with the way the world hates anything pertaining to God and anyone that claims Christianity, it is hard to rejoice when we are abused or just made fun of and mocked. When Jesus was entering into Jerusalem for crucifixion week, the whole multitude that followed him rejoiced because of the mighty works they had seen. It would do us good to recall some of the mighty works he has done in our lives and rejoice. John 16:22 tells us that when we see him, our heart shall rejoice and no man can take away our joy.
Paul told the Romans in 5:2 “rejoice in hope of the glory of God”. There are many times in my life when I have rejoiced just in the hope I have of seeing God’s glory. He told them to rejoice because they had access to grace by faith. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. I am glad that I don’t only rejoice in this life but in the fact that I will be with the Lord throughout eternity. In Luke 21:25, Jesus tells his disciples of things that will come before he returns and it is a lot of the things we see today. One of the things that stuck out to me was in verse 26, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear”. He said in verse 28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh”.
We may have a lot of things going on in the world to be discouraged about; but we’ve got much more to rejoice about. Lost folks are living in the best world they will ever know if they don’t accept the Lord as their personal Savior. We, on the other hand, will have it far better than this when we get to heaven. This is as bad as it gets for us. We will suffer persecution and ridicule, but after that; it just gets better for us. There is a song that says “Heaven will surely be worth it all”. I don’t know who wrote it but I have a pretty good idea that they know the same God that I do. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice”. Peter talks about going through hardships and temptations in 1 Peter 1:7 and that our works will be tried by fire. He said those trials would be more precious than gold to us. In so many words he said they will make us praise and honor Jesus even more. It is true that hardships bring us to our knees in prayer while God’s blessings seem to make us get slack on him. In verse 8 he said speaking of Jesus, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory”. This life is just like a lady giving birth. When that precious baby is finally in her presence and she holds it in her arms, all of the pain of labor and discomforts of pregnancy are no longer remembered. When we see the Lord on that day, the trials and heartaches of this life will be remembered no more.
I hope this has helped you to see that no matter how bad things may be, we always have “Reasons To Rejoice”. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!