In the middle of a world filled with hardship, illness, and even death we have a God who calls us to Rejoice. Paul writes these words to us from prison. I’m not sure what struggles or hardship you face this Christmas but I know that God stepped into this world as the babe of Bethlehem – Emmanuel God With Us! so we would never feel alone, so we would never be overcome by this world. We rejoice in his willingness to come to our broken world, bear our sin, and be our sacrifice.
I love that Paul knows this is a hard concept for us, he has to tell us twice to rejoice. May you find reason to rejoice in 2021 as we wait and watch for Christ’s return, and as we enter a new year filled with hope and expectations of better days ahead!