Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4 NIV).
Paul knew a secret—he knew how to stay centered in the peace of God in hard time. Paul’s letter to the Philippians overflows with joy even though he wrote to them from a prison cell. If it was me writing to you from a prison cell, my letter would be dripping with tears.
The first secret Paul—He encourages his reader to become a ridiculous “rejoicer!” More often we hear of ridiculous complainers. You could give someone a car, and it wouldn’t be the right color. Some are always cold in the winter and then they complain about the heat in the summer.
False teachers had used their position to trash Paul, and used their influence to land him in prison. Can you imagine trying to write a letter chained between two guards? He’s on death row and he’s excited. He chose to rejoice in everything!
We must each choose to be a ridiculous “rejoicer,” no matter the circumstance. It’s is not my normal default, but I can choose to rejoice because I believe God will turn this situation around.
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Peace of Mind, from the series Philippians – Peace No Matter What.