“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Happiness is temporary and based on your circumstances. Whether you have a good day or a bad day, it can determine your smile or mood. Whereas, joy is a spiritual force because no matter what is going on in your life you can still have your joy. Notice it says the joy of the Lord, not the joy of my situation, is my strength. The joy of the Lord is your strength during those moments when you feel at your worst; when your nose is barely above water; when you don’t think that you can handle one more thing; or when you think that you are at the end of your rope – joy can carry you through. The hope that we have in Christ brings us joy in knowing that no matter what our circumstance Jesus saves, forgives, and provides hope and life beyond the pain we may be experiencing.
Loving yourself means not allowing your circumstances to steal your joy. Your joy surpasses your circumstances and carries you through your worst moments. In the highs and the lows, joy still fills our hearts with praise to God who loves us and never leaves our side in whatever we are facing. Joy is knowing that we are never alone in the worst of the worst and to put our trust in God who is in control.
Reflect on this verse this week to remind yourself that God is your strength in times of trouble and provides you joy in times of sorrow.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7