Maybe you’re reading this feeling full of enthusiasm, after a wonderful week consisting of awesome blessing-filled days and you have plenty to rejoice about. If that’s you, we’re thrilled and we encourage you to give God the glory!
Alternatively, perhaps you’ve had the most challenging of weeks and it seems like everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. It might seem like there’s nothing to rejoice about but, actually, the best thing you can do is still rejoice! It is always impressive when people choose to rejoice their way through a storm. In 2 Thessalonians it seems that the Thessalonian church managed to do just that. The apostle Paul says, ‘We ought always to thank God for you … because your faith is growing more and more …Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.’ (2 Thessalonians 1:3-5)
We might not know the nature of the trials Paul is referring to, but I want to suggest that rejoicing even in the darkest times demonstrates perseverance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ like nothing else. Maybe you are on the verge of the breakthrough; make sure that giving up is not an option! Sometimes rejoicing requires perseverance and faith. This really is a day to press on and allow your light to shine so that all may see the authenticity of Christ in you, and, who knows, your victory might just be around the corner!