Paul says throughout Philippians to ‘rejoice in the Lord’. At the beginning of chapter 3 he says it again. We have heard it over and over again, to rejoice, have joy, be joyful in every situation. I think that maybe the things that are repeated we need to take note of as they just may be important.
Writing the same thing wasn’t a bother to Paul. It was his way of getting his message across to the people, driving the point home so that it wasn’t missed. To Paul, it was not tedious repetitions, this thing of repeating himself, it was for our own good – for our safety.
We all got told as a child, lots of times, not to touch the hot stove. It was something our parents taught us, not because they loved the sound of their own voice, but because it was for our own good. If we didn’t listen – well, we would certainly face the painful consequences.
God is no different. He loves you beyond description and cries out to you over and over again. Are we listening? He cries out for our good, to keep us safe.
Can I encourage you to open your ears and listen to what the Lord is saying. The things you may view as being tedious repetitions from God just may be the important things in life and we have not been listening. Take note of what gets repeated, listen to it, take it to heart and apply it in your life.
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice! Phil 4:4