Reasonable Rejoicing


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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand Philippians 4:4-5

It may have seemed odd to the first readers of the scroll recently sent by Paul from his prison cell in Rome to the Macedonian church. He was chained to a guard, and had an appointment to appear before Caesar on  trumped-up political charges that could carry the death penalty. Some had abandoned Paul and many opposed his message. But in spite of what seemed reasonable in the eyes of man, Paul realized that rejoicing in the Lord was his reasonable response in God’s eyes.

The Hydrangea bloom seemed to me this past week to carry a hint of that very same theme. The hydrangea doesn’t wither or hide its head with the approach of Fall. Instead of surrender the hydrangea doubles down on its color and proudly lifts its head to say, “I will pull out all the stops and give my fairest colors no matter what lies ahead!

No matter what lies ahead for you in this new wee, Whatever trouble or new challenge appears on your doorstep, remember that Paul’s advice is not just a command, it is also the most rational thing we can do in the face of what seems overwhelming odds. You and God make a majority. So rejoice in Him! Focus on blooming your brightest no matter what weather lies ahead!

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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