“… Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Insight: The joy that comes from an intimate relationship with God is a joy that gives us strength during trying times. When we don’t have that joy, we are left vulnerable to discouragement & despair. We are also more inclined to give up when life feels too hard for too long. That’s why asking God to fill us with His joy is so crucial - it literally is our strength when we are at our weakest.
Prayer: Father, I need Your joy to strengthen me every day. When my heart feels heavy within me, may that be a reminder to me that I need to be in Your presence - filling my mind and my heart with Your promises and love. Only You have the ability to give joy no matter what the circumstances or pain. May I look to You every day for the joy that strengthens me!