In my walk with God, He persistently reinforces the truth that I will experience consistent joy ONLY when HE is my greatest source of joy—instead of people or circumstances—because they change, and He does not. Who among us has not been stripped of our joy by experiencing crushing disappointment from a failed relationship; or, an appalling disaster which renders us weak and helpless with grief? While grief and disappointment are a predictable part of life in this fallen world, God has given a powerful weapon to keep our soul from falling prey to it.

Jeremiah the prophet knew God’s secret.

Jeremiah, also known as the weeping prophet, lived through persecution, beatings, and various attempts on his life throughout the successive reign of five kings of Judah. Of what sustained him his joy, he wrote, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

He understood the connection between God and his joy.

When God is central to our existence, then His Word—like a love letter read in the trenches of a battlefield—is more precious than anything we possess. His Word becomes the “joy and the delight of our heart,” because we known are loved by Him. Jesus is the Word. (John 1:1-5) When our joy is from God it is our woven into the fabric of our existence and it becomes our strength. The Bible says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

In God’s Word, we draw close to His presence and we are filled with the joyful security of His power. Thus, in any circumstances, we live in the strength of God rather than—our own strength, our constantly shifting relationships with others, or the frailty of uncertain circumstances. 

The joy God gives us…is our strength.

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