Sometimes it’s good to look back down
We’ve come so far; we’ve gained such ground
But joy is not in where we’ve been
Joy is who’s waiting at the end

As I sat down to write this afternoon, these lyrics came to mind (taken from the song “Run After God With All Your Heart”). In my case, I am looking back to where my health was from January to April of this year, and I am thanking God for how far He has brought me. It’s easy to still be discouraged when I think that I’m not where I want to be yet, but why would I complain when God is continuing to do a work in my life?

Nobody likes to be around someone who is always down, and I imagine that is true for God as well. As long as everything is going well, we are full of praise and adoration for Him, but when something happens that we don’t like, we grumble and complain and fret. How that must make Him sad! After all, He is still as powerful as He was last week, but we very quickly lose sight of that.

I confess that I do this too often, but I pray to lift up my eyes of faith to see what God is doing instead of focusing on the negative that can cause discouragement and depression. I want to “rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

I would like to see every Believer share more praise reports than prayer requests. We have both, and I love to pray for my Brothers and Sisters, but often the needs overshadow God’s goodness. In the midst of our trials, let’s not forget to rejoice because He is good!

2 thoughts on “Rejoice!

  1. Sony, your posts are always an encouragement and this is a gracious reminder of how we should respond even when things are falling apart. I am always being reminded of Job who lost just about everything, yet NEVER sinned. The difficult times he was having were allowed by God and through all the trials, God alone received the glory. Thank you.


  2. I open every service with “Who has a Praise to share?”. Sometimes there are only one or two, but sometimes we get quite a few. I think the congregation is going to get tired of me saying “In every thing give thanks”, but God said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Just look at Joseph; with all he went through, he never complained, because God meant it ALL for good, and God had a plan for his life. God has a plan for my life too, so I want to follow “His” plan because I know that His plan is much better than any plan I can come up with.


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