“Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!”
It is so easy to look upon God as the God of ‘church-times’ and ‘prayer-times’ – leaning forward to listen to us from ‘up there.’ In truth however He is the God of ‘all-our-times’.
From within us He listens to our minds and our hearts and our emotions. From within us He speaks and inspires and strengthens us. Within us He loves us as He carries out His transforming and maturing work in our lives. He does not pay us occasional visits but is there with us every moment of every day and night.
It is not necessary for us to make an appointment to see Him – nor do we find that the line is engaged when we need to speak to Him. There is no answering service or secretary between Him and us. He is open and available to us all the time, giving us His undivided attention.
It is also so easy to take all of this for granted without pausing to realise the sheer wonder, grace and awesome privilege of it all. The Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them, the Giver of life and its Saviour, Redeemer and Sustainer, having sacrificed Himself for us on the cross, has committed Himself to being with us, and within us, always.
Whatever our situation or condition this alone, according to Paul, is a source of continual rejoicing.
Take time to recognise, own and appreciate this wonderful truth
Lord God, help me please to recognise and rejoice over the wonder of Your presence in my life at all times – including the best and the worst of times as I see them. Amen.