1 Thessalonians 5:16 is only three words long and in some versions it''s only two words—'rejoice always.' This doesn't mean that we should strive to be happy all the time. It means that we are joyful because of what God has done for us (sent his son, Jesus) and because of the hope that we have in him (eternal life with God). No matter whether you find yourself in a good time, or a bad one, you can be rejoice and be joyful. The word rejoice is mentioned 154 times in the Bible. Many of them are in the book of Psalms.
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.
King David often pleaded to God for help with his troubles but usually ended by praising God because of his goodness. Not because God fixed his problems, but because he was good despite them. God helps us through our troubles. He has also given us hope because we will spend eternity with him where there will be no earthly troubles. That's something to rejoice about!
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.