Whatever happens - we should rejoice in the Lord. Scriptures like this can cause us to question our faith commitment.
"Do I rejoice in the Lord no matter what?"
"Is that even possible?"
Let's confront those questions with a couple of questions: "What if I do not rejoice in the Lord no matter what?"
The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:1 that he never grows tired of reminding the church of these things, and he does so to safeguard our faith. The truth is, before you lose your faith, you almost always lose your joy first. When you do not rejoice in the Lord in all situations, the joy of the Lord is not your strength in all situations. That is not only a difficult place to be spiritually, but it can be spiritually dangerous as well. Once your joy is gone, your faith is sure to follow. Protect your joy by rejoicing in the Lord no matter what!
Let's pose a second question: "What if I did rejoice in the Lord no matter what?"
This changes everything, because our perspective has changed about everything. Even in struggles, and even through trials, a person who rejoices in the Lord always will always see God's hand on their lives! This kind of commitment to God produces what the Bible calls "Joy Unspeakable." It doesn't makes sense why we are always joyful, and our faith can survive through difficult situations that don't make sense. If the enemy can take everything from you, but he cannot steal your joy, the battle is already over! Whatever happens, let us rejoice in the Lord, and as we give God glory we will realize that God has given us the victory!