Saturday, February 21, 2015

Deuteronomy 26:11 -- On Being Commanded to Rejoice

"And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you."
Deuteronomy 26:11

I like the whole being commanded to rejoice thing.  Not in a creepy "I know you are unhappy, but smile anyway" type way, but this is God telling us to be happy... that it is okay to be happy, that life is about happiness.  We have so many reasons to be thankful, and we can be a big part of everyone else around us being thankful as well. :)
Bad things happen, and I am not suggesting that we pretend that they don't... but as 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; / Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed."  Even when bad things happen, there are still good things, and God helping us through it all.  God makes us stronger than the bad things, and makes a way for us to keep his commandments... in this case, to rejoice.  Today, let's find the way that God has provided for us to rejoice. :)

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