“For the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
One thing I enjoy about my relationship with Christ, I do not stay in a sad place for long. I have even been able to laugh at situations that should have brought about tears. There have been times where a good cry was cathartic, but I did not have a dark cloud of despair lingering over my head for an extended period. There will always be good days and bad days; there will be times when life brings about so much excitement and moments in life when we will say to ourselves when will this nightmare be over. In church, we sing a song that reflects that our joy does not come from things of the world. Therefore, the world cannot take our joy away. If you turn on the news, there are so many people who are in despair, feelings of hopelessness and sadness. I am encouraged by my faith in God that trouble does not last always and because of my relationship I have victory in all situations that I might go through in life, because sometimes what is meant for evil turns out to be for good when you have a relationship with Christ. The Bible tells us to trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In the book of Nehemiah, the people of God were upset because they were far from obeying Gods laws. Ezra, who was the official religious leader, told them because the day was holy, they should be joyful; celebrate and share their food with those who were in need; this is pleasing to God. Sometimes taking your mind off your situation and focusing on sharing and caring for someone else can bring about great joy. I can remember having a productive day as a Registered Nurse in a critical care situation, and when the shift was over, I felt so joyful I walked to my car on clouds with joy in my heart and a smile on my face that I could bring some comfort and care to someone who was in a vulnerable situation. The joy of the Lord is powerful, and this is one reason out of many I encourage you to develop your relationship with Christ. God Bless.