I was reading a devotional on dayspring.com about the joy of the Lord being our strength. First joy, then strength. That is a hard thing for me to have – joy. I used to walk around with a smile all the time. I would wave and tell people, “Hi”. A lot of the time, people never returned a smile, or a word of acknowledgement. I read a story online of a man who wrote in a suicide note, that if even one person smiled at him, he wouldn’t jump from the Golden Gate bridge. No one smiled at him, and he jumped to his death.
Joy really is strength, and it is the joy of the Lord, not of others or ourselves. If we rely on others for that joy, it might end in failure, as the man that committed suicide. Having joy because we have faith, hope, and love in a God that is bigger than we are, I think that is the key to getting through a lot of struggles in life. There is a verse in Psalms, that states when our father and mother forsake us, the Lord will take us up. When the whole world makes us feel invaluable, unimportant, unlovely, we can have joy that we have the Lord, and he will take us up or lift us up.
After all, Jesus raised people from the dead, healed the sick, mended the lame, gave sight to the blind, and showed us that he is a creator, a great physician, a shepherd, a Savior, and a friend. That gives me joy just thinking about it. Now if only I can think about that when I am feeling down…..