Jethro offered a positive example of what it looks like to rejoice with others in what the Lord has done, but as we have seen, the children of Israel struggled to get there. Jethro heard and rejoiced, yet the children of Israel experienced and grumbled. And with every sigh, moan, and accusation, the Israelites revealed hearts that were ungrateful for all that God had done.
In Philippians 2:14-15, Paul warned about being constant complainers, like the Israelites. There is no place for grumbling and arguing because when we do, we fail to reflect minds, hearts, and a worldview transformed by the gospel. Our complaining is camouflage that makes us appear not as our true selves—forgiven men and women who have been given Christ’s righteousness—but as the world around us. But if we cast aside grumbling and arguing and instead rejoice in the Lord (Phil. 3:1), we will shine as beacons of light in the dark world around us. This is why we fix our gaze on Christ—who He is and what He has done—so that we might anchor our joy on this unchanging truth and not on our ever-shifting situations in life.
What makes you rejoice in the Lord? What has He done recently to make you rejoice?