The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10 ESV
At times, we all grow weary, overwhelmed, and discontent with life. The trajectory of our circumstances can leave us feeling uncertain, confused, and longing for “more.” Often, we feel our actions have alienated us from God. In Nehemiah 8:10, Ezra, the Old Testament priest, encourages the people to stop grieving for their past sins, and let the joy of the Lord strengthen them during their time of weakness. Like the people in Nehemiah who felt lost from God and were encouraged to celebrate, we also can celebrate with joy!
God’s joy is the catalyst we need to strengthen us each day and satisfy our souls for the long haul. The joy of the Lord is not dependent on external circumstances, but an internal assurance that God is with us and for us at all times. Despite our previous track record, the good news is the joy of the Lord energizes our spirit to press forward. Joy is a fruit of God’s spirit that is available to us to help us draw the benefit of redemption, I encourage you today to trust God for His everlasting joy.
I Declare: Thank You so much for the gift of joy that is available to me through Your Holy Spirit. Today, I fill my heart with joy despite what I may feel or the difficulty I may face. The joy I have is constant, unwavering, and designed to strengthen me during all seasons.
Ignite Thought: Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.