We live in a world and a body that daily reaps the result of the ravages of sin, but not to despair.
Are you sick in body? — Then rejoice in the Lord!
Is there trouble in the family? — Then rejoice in the Lord!
Are you tired, weary, weak, heavy-laden with life itself — then rejoice in the Lord!
Our blessed Redeemer underwent every trial and temptation that will accost the believer.
This He did so that He might be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. As He was tried, tested, and tempted, He looked to the love, wisdom, and will of His Father and rejoiced and rested in His goodness.
Although we all know and can quote Romans 8:28, sometimes we forget and find it hard to believe this great promise to us — “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
In John 14, Christ told His disciples not to let their souls be troubled, but to believe in Him. There CAN be rejoicing in the Holy Ghost when we are looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Being occupied with temporal things will not bring the saint any happiness and pleasure, only the conscious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ makes everything ALL RIGHT. We rejoice in His strength when we are weak. We rejoice in His power when we are low. Only the true child of God understands the workings of grace in the heart.
By Tommy Robbins