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I Choose Joy

When we understand that God’s will is always good, we can rejoice, even when His answer is “no”

Our Right to Rejoice: Our Persistence in Rejoicing
God Equips

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-18

Key Verse: Hebrews 13:20-21

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,  equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Bible refers to us as sheep that need a shepherd. In this analogy, Jesus becomes the great Shepherd of the sheep. The sheep that had a good shepherd did not need to worry about anything. When a pasture was depleted, the good shepherd would find greener pasture for his flock. When a predator was lurking around, the good shepherd would lay his life on the line to protect the flock! If a sheep worried, it was a waste of energy!

So it is with us, God’s flock, who have Jesus as our Shepherd. Worry is a waste of energy when we allow it to exist in our minds. Our Father knows our needs before we know those needs. In fact, God is a much better judge of our true needs than we are. We ask for things that He knows would harm us. When God says “no” to one of our requests, we ought to rejoice. He has just stopped us from being hurt in some way!
Both the printed key verse and the suggested reading verses speak of God’s equipping of His people! God equips us with everything good for doing His will. When we understand that God’s will is always good, then we can always rejoice in God’s equipping process! This equipping process doesn’t always feel good or make sense to us, but we must trust our Heavenly Father’s plan! God is always at work. He never sleeps or slumbers. He is making us into all we have ever hoped to be and more!

Father, I just want to praise you for your equipping of me today. I will walk in victory today because of your work in me! In Jesus’ Name, amen.