Rejoice in the Lord

“St. Paul urges us again and again, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice’ (Phil. 4:4).  Notice that he says, rejoice, not in your circumstances but in the Lord. This is where the joy is – in the Lord- not in our circumstances. We cannot squeeze a drop of rejoicing out of our circumstance or our past or our prospects, but we can always rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk expressed it this way:

Though the fig tree does not blossom

nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail,

and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold

and there be no herd in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

(Hab. 3:17-18)

Rejoice in the Lord – not in your circumstances, not in your empty stalls and parched fields, but in the Lord.” (Anthony Coniaris, HOLY JOY, pp 57-58)