Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
"This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Life will throw many, many challenges at us. How we respond depends on a number of factors ranging from our energy levels, stress levels, mood, time of day, hunger, caffeine levels, you name it! We know our responses can be positive (wise, patient, kind, strong), or they can be what my colleague refers to as ‘typical’ (in anger, disrespectful, insensitive, unkind).
Realising that the joy of the Lord is our strength is like rocket fuel to our emotional health. It sets us apart as children of God, knowing eternity will be filled with knowing and enjoying God.
Whatever circumstances you are faced with, take a few moments to remember who God is: graceful, merciful, forgiving, patient and over flowing with love. He is our strength!
Lord, we thank you that you are our strength. Help remind us of who you are, the all-loving creator of all things. May we take comfort and joy in you from this day onwards.
Written by Sven Bessesen