1 Thessalonians 5:16 – Verse of the Day 1/12/15
Sometimes the most difficult things to do in life are the simplest to understand. It is easy to understand what Paul meant when he said “rejoice always,” but how is a person supposed to do this?
One thing that helps us to know how we are supposed to rejoice is to remember that this command comes at the end of a letter where Paul reminds the Thessalonians of what God has done for them and of the hope that they have in eternal life. Paul is not merely saying “be happy,” but rather to have joy because they remember they have received the gift of eternal life. Paul wants us to understand that we can rejoice at all times, even when we are sorrowful, by praising God and trusting Him in all circumstances.
It is easy to rejoice when times are good, but it is much harder to do so when life is hard. Spend some time in prayer, rejoicing before God and praising Him for all He has done for you. Ask Him for the strength to do this even when life is hard or when you do not feel like it. Thank the Lord that he is always consistent with us even when we are not