Have you ever said to yourself, “When THIS happens, THEN I will feel joy.” Or “once we get through this tough time, I will feel better.” It seems nearly impossible to experience joy in the middle of a tough time.
How can we even consider being joyful when the stresses of life are whirling around us?
The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Friends, having joy is what actually helps you get through that tough time! Yep, it’s true. The joy of the Lord is your strength!
We tend to think that joy comes AFTER a tough time. But, according to the Bible, joy needs to be present at ALL times in order for us to experience the full strength that God is offering us. We tend to get it backwards.
It’s the joy of the Lord that will carry us through a tough time, not what we receive after the tough time.
I am not talking about happiness. Happiness and joy are two different things. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is way deeper than that. Joy comes from God. The stronger your relationship is with God, the more and more you experience His joy, even in the middle of difficult seasons.
Don’t wait until the storm passes to experience joy. Praise God in the midst of trouble. Open your heart to His goodness even while you may be suffering. The joy of the Lord is your strength! Memorize this verse, so that you can repeat it to yourself whenever you are tempted to let that joy slip away.