Rejoice in the Lord always
Certain things are simply the realities of life. They are the trials of life and cannot be avoided. Among these are sickness, family crisis, financial troubles, and the unexpected and inexplicable loss of loved ones.
The secular world will offer many remedies to overcome the pain, sense of loss, and feelings of helplessness associated with the trials of life. The secular world will tell us to read self-help books and attend group therapy; the secular world will tell us to take a pill, a drink, and/or that if we turn to physical activities we can overcome. The secular world will tell us if we believe in ourselves and believe in the power of positive thoughts we’ll get through and overcome.
The problem with the secular world’s advice is that it doesn’t work and it is fleeting when it does work. The secular world’s advice is nothing more than a placebo for those who have not committed their lives to Christ. Unfortunately many believers in Christ turn to secular placebos before they turn to Christ. We dismiss the fact that we as believers have the only true “Comforter.”
The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4 to “Rejoice in the Lord always…” Philippians 4:4-7 gives us the believer’s prescription for peace during difficult times. If we believe we are saved and will spend eternity in heaven as a result of our accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; then why would we not believe God will give us peace as we go through the trials of life?
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.