It’s easy to rejoice over happy occasions but God does not want us to limit our rejoicing to those times when it comes naturally. Even before the New Testament command to "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4). God had a lot to say about rejoicing. In fact, in one of the Feasts that He commanded the people of Israel to observe, He gave instructions for an entire week of rejoicing. It’s known as Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. This year, Sukkot began at sundown, October 13 and will end at sundown, October 20.

God wanted the children of Israel to be strengthened by the joy of the Lord, and He still wants that for all of us today. Sukkot has some great lessons about the past, present and future. To find out more, click here and be sure to check out this month’s Real Deal.