REJOICE IN OUR STORMS- SERIES 1
How we can rejoice when our boat is filling up with water and we are afraid that it is about to sink?
How we can say “I am glad” when we are in a situation where things are beyond our control? When everything seems to be loose.
It seems odd to tell that we should be rejoicing at all times.
But how can we be rejoicing when our finances are shaking us down? When sickness lingered around? When our relationship is at the brim of separation?
Can we really be joyful in all our circumstances?
REJOICE IS A CHOICE
It is difficult and not easy to be happy when we are in the midst of so many troubles but we have to make a choice.
To be happy or to be sad is our choice.
To be grouchy or happy.
We can choose to be sad when our loved ones left us.
We can decide to be miserable when all our troubles are hard to bear.
We can choose to be a loser when we were overcome by our situations.
But St. Paul admonishes us that we have to be joyful always in all our circumstances.
If we have given that choice, we choose to be happy rather than to be miserable.
Why? Because Jesus said that being worried would not add any single hour in life. (Mt. 6:27)
Here are four things how we can have that joyful attitude even when are in the midst of any storms.
- DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING
Do not be worried about your life as to what you will eat or what you will drink nor for your body what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?- Mt. 6:25
The common worry for so many of us is food. What we will eat? What we will drink?
It is good to understand that all our worries are learned. We learned it from our parents and from our peers.
We were not born to be worried. Have you remembered that you were worried when you were born? No babies were born thinking about how they will survive or who will take care of them.
Since all worries were learned, we can unlearn all our worries.
Never be so worried about things that are beyond your control. Because the moment that we worry about things beyond our ability to control, it makes us more anxious.
Why worry if you cannot control it.
Worry is the darkroom where all negative develops.
Worry brings fear and fear brings your worry into reality. It brings us more stress.
When we worry about anything, ask ourselves “ what will truly make us happy?”
Our life is in the hand of God.
Why do we have to worry when God is in our boat?
He might be sleeping in the stern of our boat but it does not mean that He lost control of the boat.
Never so worried about the circumstances that we lose sight of God’s promise.
Never so focus on our situations that we fail to see God’s inspiration.
DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY
Don’t worry because our life is more than the things that make us worry.
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into tha barns and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more than them?- Mt 6:26
God knows what we need.
He knows what we are been into. He sees our situations.
All of us are so important in His eyes because we are worth more than the birds that fly in the sky.
We need to continually and consistently abide in His unfailing Words. Like a branch connected to the vine, we have to be always connected with God.
Not only do the blessings flow but the joy that comes from Him flows as well.
FIRST THING FIRST
In everything, we have to consider first our God and our worries will pass.
Instead of worrying, seek first for God who is always our help close at hand.
Seek ye first His kingdom and all the things we need shall be added unto us.
Look for His promise amid all adversities.
What God wanted us to learn is to entrust things into His care. Because of the things we cannot do, God can do.
Trust that God’s help and guidance are enough to solve our problems and worries.
Don’t worry about everything, trust God in everything.
May God sustain you with joy even amid the storm,