“Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Has life knocked you down?
Have you lost your joy?
Friend, all throughout our lives we are going to face trials. These trials will try to steal our joy. They will take the wind out of our sails.
When we find ourselves in these situations, we often wonder how we will ever get back up, how we will ever survive.
I want to encourage your heart this morning. You are not defeated. You are not alone.
Today’s verse tells us that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
You see, life is more than we can handle. The day to day struggles that we face are too much for us. The sudden blows that come from the devil will surely knock us to the ground.
The good news is that we do not have to stay there. We have a source of strength, and His name is Jesus.
When life hands you a situation that you can not bear alone, Jesus is there. The joy that can be found in knowing Him and serving Him is enough to pick us back up and dust us off.
Having Jesus in our hearts does not guarantee us a life free from struggles. However, knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him brings a peace and a joy that can get us through these difficult times.
Do you know Jesus?
Do you have the joy of the Lord in your heart?
I want you to know, today, that Jesus loves you. He is standing, with arms stretched wide, waiting for you to run to Him.
Will you choose Jesus today? Will you let the joy of the Lord be your strength?