Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
- Nehemiah 8:10
Happiness is something that is often preached by the world. That in order to maintain happiness in every moment, we must simply focus on pleasing ourselves.
However, happiness is dependent on circumstances.
The joy of the Lord is not!
This is why the joy of the Lord is so powerful. It gives us strength even during tough circumstances. Just like the peace Jesus gives us is unlike the world’s version of peace, the joy of the Lord is unlike the world’s version of joy.
The joy of the Lord is something that cannot be fabricated. It is something that can only be birthed from a deep knowing and intimate relationship with Him.
When His goodness and love permeate your life so deeply, you can’t help but experience His joy all the time! By walking hand in hand with your Heavenly Father, there is no challenge that you cannot face and there is no hardship that you can’t overcome. There is a supernatural peace and sense of security in knowing Him so intimately, because you’ve experienced His love for you and His goodness.
Today, take time to seek out the Lord and come face to face with Him. Pursue Him with all your might, and His indescribable joy will overtake you, no matter the circumstances! Lift up praises to Him, sing His name and thank Him for His goodness!
Prayer: Lord, how great and wonderful is your joy that gives me strength even during difficult times. Help me to stay close to you and walk hand in hand with you. I choose your joy today.