Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
So this devotional is taking a different turn than I had originally thought, as I once again hit some key that deletes everything I’ve written! Now I’m starting again with a chuckle in my heart. In the devotional I started first this morning (before I hit delete on the whole thing) I had just typed out a verse in Obadiah and flipped in my Bible for the next verse. When I realized it was all deleted I was like “great, now I have to find Obadiah again!” (That book is literally a one pager; I just need to memorize the page number because I never find it flipping!) So as I’m looking for the page number (again) God pointed out how quickly my joy had passed over such a small thing!
Joy in this world is so circumstantially based. Its passing, and how quick discouragement and frustration fill its void. We have an eternal joy based in a Kingdom not of this world that no one or circumstance can steel away. Jeremiah 24:7 says, I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD.
I so pray that He would give me that kind of heart; one that could rise above circumstance and take His perspective. Let things, people, have my passing joy because it was passing anyway, right! We have a joy that is our strength that will go far beyond this world.
How often do we disregard this joy, this strength we have in Jesus? Jeremiah 18:15 Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways and in the ancient paths. They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not built up. Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you…
God says He will give us a heart to know Him and in Him there is fullness of joy! Lets not give up that which cannot be taken!
Independent Read: Psalm 16:11