Why It’s So Important To Rejoice Always

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thess 5.16-18

The Bible calls us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances, in afflictions as well as times of blessing. To rejoice in all things doesn’t mean that we rejoice that someone dies or gets cancer.  To rejoice in all things means that we believe God is doing glorious things in and through all our circumstances, and even turns evil to good for those who love Christ.

To rejoice and give thanks in everything isn’t simply a good idea – it is critical and important.  Why?  Because:

– God commands us to rejoice.  God doesn’t command us to do anything without a reason.  All his commands are intended to bring blessing into our lives.
– Rejoicing is important for it is a way to lift our eyes to heaven and set our minds on things above (Co 3.2).
– Rejoicing in all things helps us avoid thinking hard thoughts of God.
– Rejoicing in affliction reminds us that God causes all things to work together for our greatest good – to make us like Christ.
– Rejoicing in all things speaks powerfully to both believers and unbelievers.  Remember Paul and Silas singing hymns while in stocks in prison and the other prisoners were listening (AC 16.24-25).
– Rejoicing helps prevent us from grumbling and complaining.
– Rejoicing in affliction strengthens our faith in God’s character and promises.
– Rejoicing opens the door for us to experience deep, genuine joy in Christ.
– Rejoicing in all things helps us ward off self-pity.
– Rejoicing in all things says that Christ is our source of joy and delight, not our circumstances
– Rejoicing in all things says that we believe God is wise, good, and loving in his plans for our lives.
– Rejoicing in all things glorifies God– it is easy to praise God when all is going well; but it especially honors him when we praise him in the midst of trials.

Rejoice in Jesus today.  Give him thanks no matter what you encounter.  Not one thing will happen to you that he hasn’t ordained for your good.

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Comments

  1. singlesouthernlady says

    What I love about this verse (and so many others in the Bible on prayer) is that thankfulness/contendness/rejoicing in circumstances go hand in hand with prayer and supplication. The Lord wants us to be joyful, but He doesn't pretend their won't be pain and tears and requests for help.

    The past year of my life has been all about learning the balance between prayer and contendness and I think this verse sums it up — Rejoice despite your illness, Rejoice in your divorce, rejoice when you lose your Job — but still pray continuously. I had a hard time rejoicing in bad circumstances, but as I started looking at scripture as a whole and seeing how rejoicing fits in with a God who cares for us dearly, it made so much more sense.

    I also LOVE this verse:
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

    • MarkAltrogge says

      Wow it sounds like you have had quite a year of afflictions. Yet your perseverance and standing in faith is so pleasing to the Lord. Thanks for adding in your comments about prayer and supplication. You are right-rejoicing in afflictions does not mean that we don't pray and ask the Lord for deliverance as well.

      • singlesouthernlady says

        ha, no those didnt all hapen to me! Although I have witnessed all those happen to those I love, I was just giving multiple examples, sorry i should have clarified. I have actually had quite a blessed year – one full of growing, but free from many hardships and for that I am truly grateful!

        But I have experianced painful times in the past – and taken the approach of "Im grateful, Im rejoicing" but I was just putting on a face for others — and what I have been learning recently through study time is that the Christian life is so much about balance – about pleading with the Lord for change for you or others while still rejoicing in your circumstances and being content.

        And, I have learned a lot of that through reading this blog. Thanks for your daily encouraging words!

  2. Mark Altrogge says

    Great comments, Heather. Every believer should be the happiest person in the world because Jesus reigns and he has redeemed us and brought us into God's family forever. Your comments communicate the joy we should have. Thanks!

  3. jim says

    this is a keeper!! thank you so much for laying out all the glorious benefits of rejoicing in all things. Just took my car into the shop today, I was not rejoicing but now i have a different perspective.
    thanks again.
    grace and peace to you, your family and your church

    • Mark Altrogge says

      Hey Jim, as one who has experienced multiple car problems over the years, I can relate. Cars can give us lots of opportunities to rejoice. Thanks for commenting – grace and peace to you as well!

  4. says

    What a great list! “Rejoicing in all things says that Christ is our source of joy and delight, not our circumstances.” The source of our joy! Oh, how we need to know Christ, meditate on Christ, turn our eyes and cares and all upon Christ, lean on Christ, and learn from Christ–the Best of the best, most worthy, most beautiful of all!! Thank you for pointing straight to Christ!

  5. singlesouthernlady says

    I've had the same experiance this week. As little dissapointments have gotten me down – relationship problems, working late, whatever trivial issue thats irritating me, I have started thinking its Easter Week, our Savior died, rose and still rules – that is more than enough!

  6. says

    Wow Mark, I am truly amazed at how the Lord continues to use you in my life!! I was just listening to a teaching this morning on the way into work about Col 3:2 and being thankful in all of my circumstances, contentment, contentment, contentment…did I say contentment???
    No matter what comes into our lives, we can rest assured that it has passed through God's sovereign hand! The real amazment is in the fact that God even gives a rip about us at all, with all of our hypocrisy and our unbelief and various idolatries and yet He still loves us with an over abundance! Amazing God!
    Thank you for yet another reminder of the good news of the gospel! I really needed this today!!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

    • Mark Altrogge says

      Hi Ron, I think you said contentment. I really like what you added about being amazed that God even cares a rip about us with all our sins, yet loves us abundantly. That thought alone should make us content. Great comments.

  7. Shirley says

    I've noticed that when I rejoice in trials I'm not moved from my place of rest with Him. It helps focus on Him instead of on the problems. It's in this rest that He ministers to us.

    I must say the Hide the Word CDs really help. Thanks

  8. Lori says

    It can be difficult to separate out in your mind rejoicing in a circumstance, as opposed to rejoicing for the circumstance. If you see what I mean!

    I can remember people telling me that I needed to rejoice that the Lord allowed our son's death. I agree with you – that is not what the command means. We rejoice in Who God is (Sovereign, Almighty, gracious, loving, merciful, righteous, etc.), we rejoice for any little tiny thing we can be thankful for in our lives at the time (and really there are always BIG things we can be grateful for they are just harder to recognize when the valley is very dark!), and we rejoice in what God has done in the past. We do not rejoice that our son is not with us. We do, however, rejoice that our son is worshiping his Savior in eternity, that we grew (and are still growing) in our understanding of God and in our sanctification, and we rejoice as we see God lovingly care for us as we grieve.

    Thank you so much for sharing biblically, but also from your heart. I always appreciate what you share.

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