Listen to this devotional:
Nehemiah 8:10 – For the joy of the Lord is your strength. (NKJV)
Have we lost our joy? Or is it hiding deep within? We have all had our joyful times and our share of down times. What must we do to find joy once again?
What joy it brings when my little granddaughter and grandson come to visit! I can be feeling bad, but when they arrive, the whole world brightens up. Just to see their smiling faces and hear them chattering is a real joy! Imagine the joy of a surprise visit from the precious little ones! We really don't have to say anything; just spending time with one another is wonderful.
What joy it must bring to our heavenly Father when we take time with Him — to chat with Him, or just to listen to Him. It's really hard to get to know other people if we don't spend time with them. How well do we know our heavenly Father? Do we spend just a few moments a day with Him, or is He with us every minute of the day? I can truly say that on the days I spend time simply communing with my Father, those are moments of pure joy!
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Let us celebrate Jesus! He is risen, and we will have eternal joy with Him.
Psalm 30:5 – Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (NKJV)
Circumstances can cause us sadness and/or pain, but it is in those dark times that we still have our joy in the Lord. He is truly our joy — in good times and in bad times.
Prayer: Precious heavenly Father, we do give thanks in everything. We pray today for all those who may be having a difficult day. Remind us that You are here with us. For those who are having a good day, remind us also that You are here, just waiting to chat with us and to bring rekindled joy! We can hardly wait to spend that time with You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.