“. . . the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 14:4)
Rejoicing outside of anything other than sensual pleasure makes little sense to the outside world. They cannot see the well of living water that resides inside of the Christian’s soul. Formed at the moment of regeneration, this well is fed by the daily blessings of a God who continually communicates His love.
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:12). “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41). “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together” (John 4:36). “I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you” (John 16:22). “Rejoicing in hope” (Romans 12:12). “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord” (Philippians 3:1). “Rejoice evermore” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (September 14 reading).]