Joy of the Lord

Joy of the Lord

 

24227811643_d0aae13129_bNehemiah 8:10–Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

How refreshing to think I don’t have to fight to be strong. It’s the joy of the Lord that gives me strength. Of course, being an overachiever, I worked for years to make myself be joyful in the Lord in order to make myself strong. Sigh.

While it is true that being joyful in the Lord, meaning we’re joyful because He has saved us, gives us strength, what if there’s another way of looking at this verse? What if we don’t have to be joyful right now, in this season, in order to be strong? What if we can be strong by resting in the knowledge that even now, when everything seems to be a swirl of angst, bad attitudes, grief and pain, He is joyful? What if what’s happening around me hasn’t totally ruined God’s day? If He is still on the throne, in control, working things out to the best possible end? Maybe that’s where true strength lies. Not in my ability to be strong enough or happy enough. In His joy. In His ability to not be blown about by circumstances, thrown into despair or depression. It doesn’t depend on me; it depends on Him continuing to be, well, Him. He is joyful enough, strong enough, faithful enough. If I can remember that, I can be strong.

A Little Housekeeping

A Little Housekeeping

I’ve decided to start a blog for the Life of Bob. I’ve got ideas for him exploding all over the walls, so decided it was warranted. If you’ve enjoyed the first two episodes of the Life of Bob, head over to https://lifeofbobblog.wordpress.com/. (As of this writing there are already four episodes.) You can also follow Bob for (nearly) daily updates on Twitter. Search for @lifeofbob_, or visit his Twitter page here: https://twitter.com/lifeofbob_ . Bob and I have plans for a busy, busy year…