Readings: Exodus 19:2-8, Romans 5:6-15, Matthew 9:35-10:8
Our son-in-law had interviewed with two companies and received an offer, but not from the company he preferred. We prayed and prayed that the Lord would intervene so he could work with the company he desired instead. At the very last minute, God pulled it off and he was offered the job he truly wanted. I rejoiced in God’s goodness for days! We read in Romans 5 “…but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Do you feel like you rejoice in God often? I find myself rejoicing quickly in response to His mercy and action in circumstances, but the verse says beyond that, werejoice in God through Christ and His reconciliation. Reconciliation between God and us is cause to rejoice every minute, every day! Paul writes the Philippians from prison,”Rejoice in the Lord always,” and that rejoicing obviously cannot be circumstance-based. Who doesn’t want to rejoice more often? So here’s our challenge for the week: rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, at least once each day. Some of us already live this way, but for some of us, it will take a conscious effort. We have such complete reconciliation through Christ that we are invited into a loving relationship with God for eternity; He makes the Spirit, His love and His incredible power available to each of us. Simply put, we can rejoice because God loves us. My friend, Mary Lou, likes to say, “I’m Jesus’ favorite. You are, too.” Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!