A Word for the Week
The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, "the joy of the Lord is my strength."
So we can conclude that without the joy of the Lord present and active in our life, there will be little or no strength to engage and accomplish the ministry goals of life that He has set before us.
Sin, whether of commission or omission steals our joy and robs us of strength. We find ourselves disconnected from our source and we begin to slowly wither away as we walk away from God and toward another god of our own design and desire.
God has designed creation in such a way that everything has to be connected to something or it will die.
Take a fish out of the water and it dies.
Remove a plant from the soil and it dies.
Take oxygen away from men and mammals and they die.
Separate yourself from God and you will die.
Separate yourself from the word of God and your spiritual growth will wither and die.
When your joy for following Jesus is gone your strength for serving Him will go as well.
Nehemiah was faced with an enormous task that required much strength and endurance! An unbroken connection to God was essential for God's purpose to be completed; in him and in others. People were depending on Nehemiah and Nehemiah was depending on God! God supplied Nehemiah with the joy needed in both sacrifice and service. And as a consequence, Nehemiah found strength to finish his God-given assignment. Are you finding the
h yours? Are you experiencing the same joy? It's available, right now, today.
If your joy is gone, so is your strength. Today is the best time this week to pause and pray to God and ask Him to restore unto you the joy of His salvation just as David had to do in Psalm 51:12. David's sin had dried up the well of God's supply of strength. And as a result, he discovered that life became more difficult by the day, every day he was away from God. Are you 'out of' your routine OR 'away from' your post? If so, you are 'dying' when you should be 'living'?
Praise the Lord for a biblical example that encourages us to repent and return and experience the joy of the Lord being our strength just as David and Nehemiah did!
May the Lord bless His work in each of you this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58