Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10(b)
There are many things that we do on a daily basis that we don’t enjoy doing – they don’t bring us joy at all, but for whatever reason these tasks are necessary. It may be taking out the trash, washing clothes, cleaning up, or even some of the mundane things we seem to do on our jobs. Instead of joy – these tasks may leave us drained and empty. But Nehemiah says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Having the joy of the Lord – which is not grievous- provides strength for us to continue to do the work of the Lord. As Christians it is our responsibility to make sure that our lives provide a witness to those that are lost, we are encouraged to lift up one another in the body of Christ and to represent God in all that we do. Surely it takes joy to do that. We know that happiness is temporal and depending on what is going on our happiness may fade. But joy is seated in the pit of our souls and it is connected to the throne of God. Joy comes from knowing who God is and appreciating what He’s done for us. Joy supersedes pain, anguish, disappointment, uncertainty, and circumstances. Everything doesn’t have to be hunky dory in my life for me to have joy. I don’t have to have all my bills paid or all of my relationships running smoothly in order to have joy. Aren’t you glad of that fact? Even in a society where everything seems so gloom and doom – the child of God can STILL have joy!
Don’t let the devil steal the joy that God has gifted you with. Hold on to who God is, hold on to His promises, hold on to His purpose for your life and hold on to your joy – because that joy will give you the strength to continue to do what He has called you to do and to be a witness in the process!
c/Candie A. Price