Matthew 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
As we continue in the festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), where believers are commanded to rejoice -- let's remember an important principle the Lord laid out for us. The Lord is quoted in this scripture in Matthew. It contains an important precept that believers sometimes tend to overlook. Many believe and even teach that if you're blessed, your life will be filled with material prosperity and that if you are undergoing extreme trials, it must be because you have sinned or that you lack faith. The Lord says that the sun rises and the rain falls on both the righteous and the unrighteous alike.
A life of good circumstances does not mean that God is with us. And likewise, a life of trial and suffering does not mean that God is not with us! If we base our lives on our circumstances, we are no different than people without God. What makes us different is that we have something far greater than our circumstances! We have a relationship with the Living God!
So this Sukkot season, let's remember that in His presence is the fullness of joy [Psalm 16:11]. So let's choose to enter into His presence and learn to rejoice not only in the good times but in the tough times as well -- however, hard that may be!