Sometimes it feels like God is treating us like the children that we are. His Children. Asking us to "use our words" to speak out His greatness, to offer Him praise, to rejoice.
"He says it's a choice to rejoice. And there's not a lot of rejoicing going on here.
I don't want you to rejoice because of your circumstances, whether it's good or bad.
No, I want you to rejoice because of who I am and who I am in you."
Our circumstances are not the reason for rejoicing. If that were the case, our rejoicing would depend on our feelings, we would be the ones determining if God, the Almighty One, is worthy of our praise in that day.
Scripture says to rejoice in the Lord always. We are people of the Spirit, walking by faith and not by what's happening around us; therefore, we are driven by this great love of our Father and who He is. That should supersede our feelings.
We're not to be fickle in our relationship with the Father. But to be people of substance and mirror His image in our life. He is never changing, the same yesterday, today and forever.
Let's remember what God is saying, we don't rejoice because of the circumstance whether it's something good or something bad, but we rejoice because of who He is and who He is in our life.
He is worthy, this will never change.