“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”Philippians 4:4 NKJV…….
The book of Philippians is known as Paul’s letter from prison. As he wrote to the Philippians’ from the dire conditions of prison life, (which was especially harsh in those days), he mentions joy or rejoicing 16 times! Obviously, it wasn’t Paul’s circumstances that were making him so joyful. What then made him so acutely aware of the joy in his life?
I think it was the fact that he realized that even though everything he personally had was stripped away from him in that prison he still had joy. That joy didn’t emanate from favorable circumstances or from the things that he possessed. It emanated from the Lord. His joy came from his relationship with the Lord and from his personal fellowship time with Him. That’s something that can never be taken away from us no matter where we’re at or what we’re facing.
How about you? Is your joy in your favorable circumstances? Is it in your possessions? If it is, it’s not the true joy of the Lord and you can easily lose whatever little joy you have. However, if you’ll allow your joy to be in the Lord, that type of joy Jesus said no man can take it from you!