Rejoice in the Lord?

know JesusI was recently asked do give someone a verse on a certain struggle they were having. The Lord brought to mind Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!” I then asked this person what they knew about Jesus so they could rejoice in the fact in what He could do for them in their current struggle.
They sat for a moment, thought, and then responded, “I really don’t know. In fact, I’m not sure I know much about Him at all.” Bingo! How can we trust someone we don’t know, not just with our heads, but from our personal experience? I went on to say that it’s pretty tough to know who Jesus is without reading about Him, who He is and what He can do, in the Word of God. Their response to that spoke volumes, “I haven’t been reading the Bible at all.” See the problem here?
We are to rejoice when challenges come as Jesus is more than up for those challenges. We have a God who is trustworthy, but we’ve got to know Him before we can trust Him. This can only be done by being in the Book and then putting into practice what we read. Jesus said that if we did this (Jn. 8:31-32) our challenges would head to the background and our peace would surface.
What do you have to rejoice about today? If you draw blanks, it’s time to dive into the Bible…go ahead right now get it out…seriously, open your Bible…to know Jesus.
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