This King James Version of 1 Thessalonians 5:16 packs a powerful punch.
Rejoice evermore. Notice, there is nothing after the period. No comma, no semicolon, no “but”, it simply says “Rejoice evermore”.
Rejoice means to feel joy or great delight. Evermore simply means always. So scripture is exhorting believers to feel joy or great delight always.
Perhaps there a million reasons why we cannot feel joy or great delight always. Life, finances, relationships, family and a ton of other worries fill our minds and hearts and it is just hard to rejoice evermore. Being in this world makes rejoicing difficult. However, the scripture doesnt create room for our tons of “buts”. It appears as if this command is just impossible to meet.
Be encouraged! We have a Father who is very aware of the trials we experience. He knows that rejoicing in this world can be quite the challenge. He knows that we can get distracted by the cares of the world and that we struggle with submitting those cares to Him.
In order to rejoice evermore, we must take our eyes off of the million and one reasons not to and focus on the One reason to rejoice, and that reason is Jesus.
This encouragement from Colossians tells us to focus on the things of heaven, which we now have access to because of the finished work of Jesus Christ! As believers of Christ, heaven is our promise! Heaven will be our final resting place. Focusing on Jesus should cause us to rejoice evermore! He is the fulfilled promise! He surpasses all of these earthly matters. Because of Him, we have God as our Father and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. We can rejoice evermore because of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We do not have to neglect the earthly matters because they are our reality. However, we cannot make them our idols. They can no longer be the reason why we are unable to rejoice evermore. We must always be full of joy and delight which extends beyond our circumstances.
Take your sights off the million and one and focus on the One.
Peace and Blessings