Again I say Rejoice!

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Philippians 4:4 is one of the verses I knew early in life, I think it easily stuck because it is short and easy to remember. ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice’ Rejoicing in the Lord is not that hard for me, my problem comes with the word ‘Always’ Funny enough, this verse doesn’t always come to my mind when I am happy and joyful, but when I am not okay, that’s the first verse that comes, leaving me asking myself, ‘how do I rejoice in this?’ A friend recently lost her grandmother and as I was praying with her, I heard the Lord clearly say ‘rejoice in the Lord, I couldn’t tell her immediately, how do I start telling someone who is deeply hurt to rejoice? But every time I spoke to her, that is the verse that came into my heart, and I finally told it to her. It did wonders! She immediately started thanking God for her grandma’s life and rejoicing in the fact that she had an awesome friend in her.

When COVID -19 struck Kenya, I was devastated. I was bitter because of the many plans I had for this year, I was praying for so much to happen this year, but the way things were turning out, it was not looking good. God told me to rejoice, and I thought it’s a big joke, ‘How Lord, I am devastated, people are hurting and crying all over, what is there to rejoice about?’ Apart from Philippians 4;4, God also gave me Philippians 4:8 ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.’ I did not understand why; nothing was making sense.

One day as I was listening to the daily corona updates, my screen froze right after the number of people who had recovered was announced. I immediately moved on to other things, because what I really wanted to hear was the number of people who had contracted the disease. So later on, someone asked me what the cabinet secretary had said, and all I could remember was the number of people who had recovered. I knew from that point that, as much as this situation we are in is devastating, there is so much to thank God for, there is a big room for rejoicing, there is something worthy of praise. I decided to be reporting only about the recoveries on my social media, by the fourth week, people started sending me the recoveries reports, I don’t even have to watch the updates. As I post them daily, my heart screams ‘rejoice in the Lord always’

My friend, no matter what you are going through, there is a reason to thank God. With God everything is possible, it is possible to stay positive, it is possible to find a reason to sing praises to the Lord even in the midst of storms. I pray that the Lord will give you a positive attitude, that where there is chaos, you will see peace, where there is death, you will see life, where there is disease, you will see healing, where there is murmuring, your lips will be filled with thanksgiving, where there are many hopeless voices, you will hear the voice of hope and the voice of truth.

Today we are expecting another update from our president on whether or not curfews and bans will be lifted, whatever the outcome, may we be found rejoicing in the Lord! After all, God’s voice is much stronger than any other voice, choose to focus on Him.

Selah

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