Joy is the fuel
'The joy of the Lord is your strength.' Nehemiah 8:10 NKJ
CS Lewis said, 'There's too much rigidity in dealing with sacred matters, too much speaking in "holy tones." And the tragic loss in all this pious gamesmanship is to the individual in the pew. He begins to feel that in the midst of all the religious razzle-dazzle he himself can't get through to God. Joy is more than earthly pleasure and more than what we call happiness. Joy is the enjoyment of God and the good things that come from him. If the Bible provides us the wonderful words of life, joy supplies the music. If the way to Heaven is an arduous climb, joy sets up the chair lift 'Joy is the fuel God intends us to run on. Ever notice how some people go through incredible difficulties yet still have joy, while others with easier lives struggle to keep their heads above water? What's the difference? The first group of people have a well within that they draw from daily, that can't be drained by what's going on around them. Nehemiah said, '...the joy of the Lord [that comes from knowing that he's Lord of every situation] is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJ). So what now? Did you know you're allowed to be joyful? In fact, being joyful will help you in every situation! What's blocking you from experiencing God's joy? Find out asap - and refuse to live another day without it. 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy...' (Romans 15:13 NIV). Fill up your tank with the fuel of joy.
Soulfood: Judg 9:34- 11:40, Matt 11:1-19, Ps 129, 25, Ecc 5:4-6