THE 24th OF MARCH
THE JOY THAT WE HAVE IN THE LORD IS THE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10
If when we go through hardships, instead of giving into self pity, we choose to rejoice in the Lord, thank Him for everything He has done for us and for whatever He is doing next, we will then have the strength we need to handle any situation.
Jesus wants to take all our burdens unto Himself. If only we could trust Him and relinquish all our woes to Him. He desires our absolute surrender.
His joy is what keeps us going when we do not know if we can carry on. It lifts us up, surrounds us, and empowers us. Jesus tells God in John 17:13 that he had told the people many things so that they would have joy after He was gone.
The things that Jesus said would stay with the people long after His death. We are the evidence that those things impacted the people. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes on the people and they begin to speak in tongues. They were able to understand each other because of the interceding of the Holy Spirit. They were filled with awe. Peter began to preach and the hearts of thousands were added to their number that day. What happened afterward was more evidence of the joy that lived in the hearts of the people. They began meeting in homes and sharing all things; God continued adding to their number.
That is what joy does. It saves. It grows. It witnesses. Jesus shared His joy with the people so that they would spread His joy and continue adding to the redeemed.
Thank You and praise You dear Lord, for who You are and for everything You did for me. You have never left me alone and I know You will be with me now too. Please help me rejoice in You, no matter what I’m going through, so that You can intervene and solve the situation for my good, as You always have. Glory to Your Name forever, Amen