Summary: Discover four simple truths that can take you from a dry season to a season of rejoicing and celebration.
It is a good thing to have cause to rejoice and celebrate. The opposite of rejoicing is to mourn. It isn’t a pleasant thing to be in a state of mourning. No one hopes and prays for a day of mourning; for any situation that will bring pain, sorrow and sadness to the person’s life and family. Rather, we are all anticipating and looking forward to our day of celebration. If you are single, the day of celebration you are looking forward to is the day of your wedding. For a married couple who haven’t yet had a child, the day of celebration they are believing God for is the day they will be blessed with a child. The day of celebration a student is looking forward to is the day he or she will graduate.
God wants our lives to be loaded with divine celebrations. In expecting a day or season of celebration, we must understand that it isn’t every celebration that is from God, it isn’t every celebration God is pleased with. For example in 1 Corinthians 10:7, the Israelites were celebrating, feasting and drinking, but immediately after that celebration, thousands of them died because God wasn’t pleased with their celebration. Clearly, that wasn’t a celebration that brought honour to God; it wasn’t a divine celebration. I pray for you that any celebration or breakthrough that you will have to commit a sin to have or compromise godly standards to get, may God keep far away from you. But the celebration that will make people say concerning you that surely you are serving a Living God and want to know your God, such celebrations will fill your life and family.
HOW GOD BRINGS A PERSON INTO A SEASON OF DIVINE CELEBRATION
Having understood that not all celebrations are of God; not all celebrations are divine, we want to look at what can bring a person into a season of divine celebration. There are four things that launch a person into a season of celebration:
1. The first thing is for God to remember you
In 1 Samuel 2:1-2 Hannah was rejoicing, celebrating and testifying of the goodness of God in her life. Hannah had entered into a season of celebration. 1 Samuel 1:19-20, makes us understand that something significant happened in Hannah’s life which brought her into her season of celebration. GOD REMEMBERED HER. Every time God remembers a person, it is always followed with rejoicing, with celebration, with testimonies.
In Genesis 30:22-23, we are told that God remembered Rachael and He opened her womb. Rachael’s season of celebration also started when God remembered her. Rachael’s testimony when God remembered her was that God has taken away my disgrace. Rachael’s mourning was turned to dancing because God remembered her and rolled away the reproach in her life. I pray for you that the Lord Almighty will remember you today and roll away every reproach in your life. Everything that can bring shame and disgrace to you, will be rolled away by the power of God.
Genesis 8:1 is another case of a person God remembered. That verse says God remembered Noah and He sent a wind to the earth and the floodwaters started to recede; to dry up. As God’s word goes forth today, the Lord shall remember you and send the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow over your life and dry up every flood attempting to drown your health, your ministry, finances, business, career, marriage and children.
When the Bible tells us that God remembered Hannah, God remembered Rachael, God remembered Noah, does it mean that God sometimes forgets all about us? I’m sure like Hannah must have felt before God answered her prayers, there have been times in our lives when we have felt like God has forgotten all about us. Maybe that is even how you are feeling today and like the Israelites said in Isaiah 49:14, you are saying the Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me. If you are that person who is feeling like the Lord has forgotten you, the Lord has sent me to speak His word in Isaiah 44:21 into your life. God’s word to you today is that He will not forget you.
There are many passages in the Bible that portray God as a loving father. Some passages compare him with earthly fathers and tell us how He does much more than any earthly father can do (Luke 11:13). But when God talks about His not forgetting us, He compares His love for us with the love of a mother to let us know how strong and deep His love for us is and how serious He is when He says He will not forget us (Isaiah 49:15-16).
Do you know why it is impossible for God to forget you? He has inscribed you on the palm of His hands. God didn’t write our names on His chest or His feet or His back. Instead, He took the most active part of His body, the part He uses to create, the part He uses to daily perform great wonders and work out salvation and deliverance (Isaiah 48:13, Isaiah 66:1-2, Psalm 98:1, Exodus 15:6) to write our names. So that every time He is working, every time He is in operation which is continually round the clock (Psalm 121:4), He is thinking of us. If God is continually thinking of you, if you are always on His mind, how can He forget you? Once again I declare Isaiah 44:21 into your life – GOD WILL NOT FORGET YOU!