Come to the Table

Daily Devotional


  • April 19th: Mixing Bowl of Happiness  

    Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

    Life, in many ways, resembles a vast mixing bowl, brimming with experiences, emotions, challenges, and celebrations. Each ingredient we add determines the texture, taste, and eventual outcome of our life’s dish. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Philippians, emphasizes an essential ingredient for our mix: joy. Not just momentary happiness but a profound, unwavering rejoicing in the Lord.

    Paul’s exhortation to “rejoice always” isn’t a suggestion; it’s a divine imperative. It stems from a deep understanding that our joy, anchored in Christ, becomes an unshakeable foundation. This joy transcends our circumstances, our trials, our triumphs. It’s an enduring joy, not dependent on our fleeting emotions or external happenings.

    What’s striking is Paul’s emphasis: “I will say it again: Rejoice!” Such repetition underscores its paramount importance. In the ever-changing landscape of life, as diverse ingredients get added to our bowl, rejoicing in the Lord provides consistency. This joy acts as the leaven, causing our spirits to rise, regardless of the other elements present.

    The next time we find our ‘mix’ becoming dense with worries, challenges, or sorrow, let’s remember to add generous scoops of joy. For in continuously blending our lives with joy in Christ, we ensure a consistently textured spirit, marked by happiness, contentment, and resilience.

    Reflection Questions:

    1. How can you make “rejoicing in the Lord” a regular part of your daily routine?

    2. Recall a moment when joy in Christ helped you navigate a challenging situation.

    Prayer

    Dear Lord, remind us to always find our joy in You. Let our hearts be steadfast in rejoicing, regardless of life’s challenges. Fill our mixing bowl of life with Your joy, ensuring that we remain contented and resilient in all seasons. Amen.