Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 4th, 2020
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)
Those who used to make the rounds at the sample tables in Costco have been going without during their shopping. There have been many changes at Costco including senior and vulnerable shopping hours, the suggestion that members wear masks and restrictions on some returns. Many Canadian Costco shoppers look to the United States to see what changes might be in store for Canada. Costco in the US announced they’d be resuming sampling, leaving snackers rejoicing, but so far that hasn’t carried through in Canada. Officially, Costco Canada has said there are no plans to resume sampling.
I love that the Bible commands us to rejoice. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, and it comes naturally as we experience the freedom from sin and bondage that the Lord Jesus provides by His death on the cross in our place. The best human example would be seeing someone imprisoned for a long time, finally released and welcomed home by their family. The joy is overwhelming. In a spiritual sense, all of us have had that experience. Jesus has set us free, and as the Bible says in John 8:36, “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” So joy is natural. No wonder Philippians 4:4-5 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” The greatest blessing of knowing Jesus is that His joy overwhelms anything that life can throw at us. Even when we are facing some of our greatest challenges, the joy of the Lord is our strength. So, rejoice in the Lord always. Even in the difficult times – that’s why Paul repeats it here. In everything, the Lord is near.
These have been words from the heart.