Rejoice and be Glad

Have you noticed that rejoice and glad are mentioned together? Rejoice is an inward experience while glad is an outward expression. Notice rejoice comes before being glad. “Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee” (Ps. 40:16). “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). “Rejoice and be glad” (Lam.4:21). Rejoice is within the heart, and glad is outwardly on the face. The secret is to have both and not just one. Many seek happiness that soon fades. But it is possible to have inward joy even when you have sorrow and sadness. It seems America has become very unhappy. Wikipedia lists 178 countries showing the countries most happy and satisfied. America with its abundance is listed as number 23 – SatisfiedwithLife. It seems that countries with much less are more content. America is unsatisfied while being overfed, while most of world is undernourished. Stress by the Numbers – In America: Because of stress 40% lie awake nightly, 70% worry about work. 52% fear bad health. 62% fret about money. (AARP Magazine 2015) Most American homes have dishwashers, clothes washers, two televisions, microwave ovens, computers, I-Something, gadgets, and eat out often, but they are still unhappy. World watch Institute (D.C.) issued a report that people are now “fat, rich, and unhappy.” What’s wrong with all this? It seems people are seeking happiness with stuff or material things which can only give temporal happiness. There is a saying, “The most important things in life are not things, but people.” I often say, “Don’t love things but love people. Happy is from the word “happen.” If good things happen, then you are happy. But if bad things happen, then you are sad. Is it possible to have peace and joy even when you are troubled and sad? Yes! God may not still your storm, but He can still you in the storm. There is no substitute for the peace of God. God can give peace that others cannot understand. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:7). Notice peace needs to be both in your heart (Rom. 5:1) and mind (Phil.4:8). Peace and joy are fruit of the Lord (Gal. 5:22). This day, do you want to be able to rejoice and be glad? Then realize there is an emptiness within you that only God can fill, a longing that only God can satisfy, a peace that only God can provide. “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psa.107:9) Know God know Peace – No God no Peace!

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