“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b, NLT)!
Are you seeking joy in your life? Not just any human definition of joy, but something deeply embedded in your very being.....something that just springs up immediately when trouble comes and life is hard? A spring of His life whose water never fails? A deep joy that rises from faith in His love for you?
Are you lacking strength to stand when trouble hits? Without His strength, you shall fall. You shall fail. You need His joy. Joy rises from faith in Him no matter what life throws you. Joy is not only “a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight” (as defined in the dictionary), but the joy of the Lord is a source of strength that springs from a solid faith in God.
Joy can be that extreme happiness that comes when the Lord does something incredible, but it is also that solid foundation that stays calm, peaceful, and at rest when you don't see His hand move. His joy is not dependent on feeling. Don't be dejected or sad, Nehemiah declares, because the joy that comes from the Lord is His strength.
When His foundation is strong, then joy is strong. With His joy in your life, you discover that the times that are hard are easier, and the times that are bursting with happiness are more intensely felt because of His faithfulness.
The joy that comes from the Lord is your strength. The more you “know” Him, the more you will understand the depth and the strength of His joy. There is a joy that rises from complete trust, faith and peace in Him. If you are seeking, don't let go of the hem of His garment. You shall find.
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