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God celebrates even when we don’t feel like it.

By Allison Bown

Our lives are surrounded by celebrations: birthdays, holidays and family events. Invitations are given and our response is expected. Gifts are purchased. Special treats are baked. Homes are decorated and decked out in the colors of the season.

But what if we don’t feel like celebrating?

What if we feel disappointed or sad instead of expectant and joyful? When our losses seem to outweigh our gains, why would we go to a party?

Because on those occasions, God wants to celebrate you.

His joy over your life isn’t conditional based on your response. He will initiate His celebration of you whether you participate or not.

“The Lord Your God is in your midst. The Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

There’s nothing here that says God will rejoice over you only if you feel like rejoicing in Him. He plans on celebrating you regardless, because His love never changes, never fades and never comes to an end. God’s ability to rejoice is based on who He is, not on our response.

So basically, you are destined to be rejoiced over whether you feel like it or not!

The wonderful thing about God is that He is happy for us to show up at His celebrations with gifts that we’d like to exchange for something better. We can come with a heavy spirit and exchange it for a garment of praise. You can arrive with ashes of disappointment and have Him say, “I’ll take that. Now here’s a revelation of just how beautiful you are to Me.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

As Graham is fond of saying, “God is always present. Sometimes He is present to our feelings and sometimes He is present to our faith. But one thing is certain: He is always present because He promised to be.” We’re believers, right? So what if we’re being given the opportunity to believe? What if it’s an occasion to “rejoice always” because we’re always being rejoiced over by God?

So go ahead and show up to His celebrations, no matter what you feel you bring. If it’s less than He desires for you, He will exchange it for something more wonderful instead. And then, both of you can celebrate each other together.

— Allison

PS) If you liked this and want another resource to help you cultivate a life of rejoicing, be sure and check out, Joyful Intentionality here.

PPS) Also don’t forget about Brilliant Book House’s plan to make your Christmas amazing! Through all of December, they are having a sale on some resources that would make really great gifts. Check them out here!


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