I have been struggling as this pandemic has continued with finding and holding onto my joy. The Holy Spirit has been leading me to seek the joy I have in the Lord. Nehemiah speak of the joy of the Lord that comes from hearing His Word, worshiping and praising Him and being repentant. The exiles had returned to Jerusalem and he gathered them together to hear the Word of God read aloud. The people were called to repentance and gave praises upon hearing the Word. In Nehemiah 8:10, he encouraged the people to rejoice in being there after years in Babylon and told them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved,for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah told them not to grieve over the condition of their beloved city but to look beyond the present circumstances and find their joy in the Lord. I need the same today.
So… I am going in search of my joy- seeking restoration, joy filled living and complete joy that can only be found in Christ. God is pointing me to Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Since I have been to Philippi, I can visualize Paul’s discussions there, the friends he made in that city and how he developed a love for them. Come journey with me through the book of Philippians and see what joys we find together in the Lord.
A key verse with a gigantic promise as we begin our seeking His joy comes from John 15:11 where Jesus said, “I have told you this (of our need to abide in Him) so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” God desires that we have complete joy that is found in Him alone. Let us tap into that joy, especially in these troubled times, and feel His restoration within us. That joy will bubble up and spill over in every area of our lives. Let the joy of the Lord lead you, and me, today and bring you peace within your soul.
Let’s seek joy this summer together in Him!