The Joy of the Lord

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” Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

What is the one thing that brings you the most joy, the most happiness, the most peace?  Is it a new pair of shoes?  A new car? A new appliance?  A new job?  Everyone of those “things” are nice, however; they can easily be taken away or wear out from earthly use.

We are always one step away from great loss or trouble in this world.  The things listed above won’t bring lasting joy, hope and peace.  We all know people who are at this moment going through extremely difficult circumstances and yet they display perfect peace and even joy.  God declares we are all one step away from joy, hope and peace; even in the midst of any difficult circumstance.  You see it’s a choice.  We can choose joy.

How is that possible?  God says in His word, “My peace I give you, not as the world gives; so give I you. In the previous chapters; Nehemiah had examined the loss of the Jews.  God had spoken to Him about rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  The key verse in this passage states; “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

The task before Nehemiah was great. The people of Judah made fun of his plans to take on the daunting task of rebuilding the temple.  God sized tasks are always daunting from our human perspective.  Just remember; “Faithful is He who has called you; He will bring it to pass.”

What is the one thing to which God is calling you?  Do not fear, for the Lord your God is with you.  He will accomplish what concerns you and His kingdom.  He will supply the people.  He will supply the finances.  He will supply every thing that is needful.  Always allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength.


Oh God, pour out Your oil of joy for the Spirit of heaviness.  You are Jehovah-Jireh.  You will provide.  I believe You are faithful to accomplish what concerns each detail of the “task” You have called me to do.  I know the joy of the Lord is my strength.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen


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Libby Williams

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