“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
While in prayer one day, I asked God what did He want me to tell you. He said, “Tell them to rejoice!” I said Lord, how can I tell them that? So many are hurting right now. How can I tell them to rejoice? It seems like the last thing they want to do.” He said, “Exactly. The last thing they want to do is rejoice in Me, but rejoicing in Me is what I want them to do.”
You may feel as though you don’t have anything to rejoice about, but we always have reason to rejoice in the Lord. Our rejoicing gives way to worship, it gives way to sacrificial praise and brings about a breakthrough. In my life, I’ve had to rejoice when I didn’t see any manifestation. It was an act of my faith in God.
So it is with you. Your rejoicing is an act of your faith. It puts your entire focus away from your problems and onto God. It magnifies God and brings Him on the scene.
Prayer: Father God, I know you are my God and you won’t let me down. You will do everything you’ve promised. Help me to rejoice in you by faith and continue to rejoice until I see manifestation in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.