Joy – Nehemiah 8:10
So I continue ’27 Lessons’* with another important word – Joy
(*Just to explain, I turned 27 this year on 22nd August 2018. I held a birthday dinner during which each attendee was given a different word based on one of my favourite chapters in the bible – Psalms 27)
Ok, so the word was Joy and it’s taken from the ever-so relevant book of Nehemiah:
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
I like that idea – unapologetic joy.
It’s as if God knows that sometimes life has a way of making us feel guilty about feeling good, and He’s like, nah, don’t do that. My prayer is that you would experience and live that type of joy – a joy that you need not try to explain, or minimise or diminish.
God wants us more than happy – He wants us satisfied.
Perhaps we need to be reminded by His Spirit that God didn’t just give us His Son and the sacrifice of the cross, but He gave us His presence, and it’s the presence that sustains, supports us and strengthens us in times of weakness.
So that’s my prayer. That you won’t rely on anything else but the joy of His Strength .