Built to Last – Joy

Nehemiah 8:10 “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (NIV)

Have you wondered why some people seem to experience deep and authentic joy in their daily lives? Others can’t seem to find it no matter how hard they search? Sometimes we forget that joy is available to all of us. As I’ve discovered in my own life, joy is not about your circumstances or about how you feel. Joy is something much deeper, richer, and more accessible. I’ve learned that joy is much more than external things. It’s much more than just a happy feeling that comes every once in a while. The joy that God speaks of in His Word is something you can count on.

Happiness depends on circumstances, but JOY depends on Jesus. That’s the beauty of the joy God offers. We no longer need to live in fear or worry, because God’s joy will always be available to us. We are not dependent on anyone other than God and ourselves to know joy. In other words, whether you realize it or not we are in charge of our joy. The sooner we embrace this reality, the sooner we can begin to live a more joy-filled life. Nehemiah reminded the Israelites to celebrate and remember the joy that God provides as a source of strength to the community. May we all seek the joy of the Lord as our strength. May we share the joy of the Lord in everything we do.

In Christ’s Love and Service,

Pastor Paul

Questions to Consider:

1. Why do circumstances sometimes affect our joy?

2. How do we access the joy of the Lord when we are going through difficult times?

3. How can we share the joy of the Lord with others?