What God Has Done Should Move You To Rejoice

What God has done, as used here, is a reference to the many marvelous ways that God has opened doors of blessings and closed doors of danger for you. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on how what God has already done should move you to rejoice. Notice that the young people rejoiced, in the text. They were probably happy about being out of captivity. They should have been happy to see some progress being made.

There are a number of reasons that you should join the rejoicing crowd. First of all, you should rejoice about what God has already done.

I believe that when those in our text thought about how much better it was for them to be in Jerusalem rebuilding the Temple, instead of being in Babylon mourning their lost, they felt compelled to rejoice.

When we think about how much better it is to be here with our jobs and businesses, instead of stuck in the wet clay of Jim Crowism, we should rejoice. God has already been so good to us.

If we never accomplish that which we have been delivered to accomplish, we should rejoice about how good God has already been. Psalms 90:1 teaches us that God has been our dwelling place in all generations. Rejoice because God has been so good.

Self Examination
1. List some examples of how what God has done should tempt you to rejoice.

2. What are you going to do to increase your amount of rejoicing?

God, the One who has already done more for me than I can every give You enough praise and thanksgiving for, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have taken care of me and brought me through dangers that I was not even aware that I was in.

I confess that I have not giving you the praise and thanks giving that You deserve. Please forgive me and help me to rejoice more and weep less. In Jesus' name, amen.

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