“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NIV)
When living with chronic illness it can at times be difficult to find contentment. Our lives have changed in so many ways. We can even find our selves spending a lot of time alone, while others are busy with their days. How do we cope with this on top of pain and illness that we must face each day? We all will face troubles in this world at one time or another in our life. But God uses these trials to improve our character and help us to grow.
We are to rejoice in the Lord, as Paul writes in Philippians. When facing difficulties and situations out of our control, we are to rejoice! But our joy is based on our relationship with God, not our circumstances. We can find joy in having our Father ever present with us. We can find joy in the peace He brings to us, and the blessings He surrounds us with. If we look to Him and His word each day, we have His truth and His spoken word to us. Our relationship then begins to grow and we communicate with God, and He speaks to us.
Have you ever had a one sided relationship where the other person never spoke to you or spent time with you? That is not a relationship, is it? God wants those same things from us. Time with us in thought and prayer and word. We are to pray about our circumstances, and in giving them to God, we don’t have to worry over them. You will find your self rejoicing to be a child of God. Rejoicing in Him, and the Hope that He gives to us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I rejoice in You today, not the circumstances of the day. Help me to keep my heart and focus on You. To have a daily relationship with You. And I give you the praise as I rejoice in You daily. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margie Scott lives in Arizona. She strives daily to trust God’s grace will always provide, as challenges arise due to heart problems, Parkinson, fibromyalgia, and spinal stenosis.