Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 12, 2017

Sustaining Joy

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

After returning from exile the Israelites, Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites assembled with the people to hear Ezra read from the Book of the Law. Overcome with mourning and grief, the people wept as they heard the spoken words from Ezra’s mouth.

Though their weeping was understood by Nehemiah and all the other leaders gathered at the gate, they wanted to give God their best on that day that was supposed to be a time of celebration before Him. Nehemiah promptly instructed his leaders to say to the people, “this day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” He instructed the people to “go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.” Then he added again, “do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Oftentimes, we find ourselves in situations that are bigger than us, over which we have absolutely no control. Our natural tendency is to weep and mourn, crying over something that God can fix in just a blink of an eye. If you are going through a tough time, a situation that you feel impotent to fix, choose today to focus on God and praise Him in spite of your circumstance. As you make the choice to give God the glory in spite of your pain, He will fill your heart with unspeakable joy, the joy that nothing else in the world can give you. And you will forget the mourning and grieving – as a new day dawns, His joy will be your strength.

“Father God, You are our peace. You are our comfort. Lord, You are our joy. Thank You for giving us the assurance that You are right here beside us at ALL times.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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