THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH
The joy of the Lord is my strength! Then tell me why do so many Christians become weary in well doing? Acquiring strength for each day is a prized commodity, for there seems to be a shortage of it available to many of us who need it.
When we meditate upon some of the commands God’s word puts before us we can become overwhelmed just thinking about them much less doing them. “Take up your cross and follow Me daily.” “Serve one another.” “Forgive one another as I have forgiven you.” “Love your enemies.” “Bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things.” “Become all things to all men.” I could go on, but I’m tired already.
So, I’ve concluded that this strength that is available to each of us must be outside of ourselves. It is beyond the physical which is extremely limited in and of itself. The strength that we are offered comes from the joy of the Lord.
Our physical strength comes from the proper diet, exercise and rest. Our spiritual strength also comes from the proper diet, exercise and rest. Joy is derived from an intimate and thriving relationship with Jesus Christ!
The joy of the Lord is my strength when I am spending time in God’s word every day (diet). When I refuse to be conformed to this world and allow the Holy Spirit to transform my life by sanctifying power of His word there is a joy that brings me strength. 1 Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.
There is a greater joy found in obedience (exercise) to the word which we have meditated upon. To sit in the pew on Sunday morning and listen to what the Lord has to say to us and then leave without pursuing what He has placed upon our hearts, will leave us physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted in a short period of time. 1 Peter 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart. Obedience expands our hearts to know His love for us and the joy that brings us the strength we need.
Rest! Is not inactivity, but the joyful hope within the circumstances of those things we cannot change or fix. A hope in the God who has promised to work all things together for our good. Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Resting in Him brings us the peace that passes all understanding which manifests His joy within our circumstances, bringing us strength in our time of need.
Here is my prayer for you! Eph. 1:18-20 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might. The joy of the Lord is my strength! Find your joy in Him today and you will discover the strength you need for your day.