GREETINGS and SHALOM with JOY
JOY in COPING!
IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE AND SERVICE?
“Don’t be dejected and sad for the Joy of the LORD is you strength”. Nehemiah 8:10
Just what does this mean?
“Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.” Psalm 105:18
What has that got to do with our struggles hour by hour, day by day?
Briefly the main areas of conflict that arise in each one’s life in some way or another:
1. Black thoughts – that eat into the mind, soul and spirit that no one knows about
2. Sexual orientation, morality and immorality – influencing and affecting (1)
3. Ethics in general and Medico-legal in particular.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” Mathew 6:13
So what! how is this connected to JOY?
We can suppress all the negativity that hits from within or without but that does not and cannot remove it. The age old proverb ‘Let sleeping dogs lie’ becomes a reality with serious health problems Is it any wonder confusion reigns – an abscess has to be completely drained and slough removed for perfect healing to take place. In the process pain is replaced with peace and a sense of joy.
“Why do you sleep? Rise and pray lest you enter into temptation.””Luke 22:46
Here is the first step to real joy so lets start the process of finding the Joy of the LORD as our personal, family and professional strength:
Each person is created for a specific purpose in life in this world and the many trials help prepare us to enter into and receive real joy in the most adverse situations.
The word trial in Hebrew is tsarp that is used for refining gold, in its Semitic root we find it is
based on the idea of making something pure. Here is our first indication of HOPE. How many N
& M of all faiths have said “I do want a clean heart” e.g.when singing or hearing Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me”.Psalm 51:10-19
In Psalm 105:18 we find two Hebrew words ‘devar’ which represents a word of power, words spoken from the heart of God. Here we have the doorway to the heart of the Spirit of God and ‘amar’, which is simply a spoken word or a saying of the Lord or revealed knowledge of God through the Holy Spirit.
So, as we read the Bible, the Word of God we too can expect the purifying process to take place in our lives, clarifying and strengthening our thinking and decision-making. All that shapes our attitudes and behaviour, as God reveals His plan and purpose for each one.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength’. is not the joy you or I feel, but the joy God feels in us and reveals to us through devar His Word that gives us strength. God felt great joy in Joseph during his time of tsarps, trial. That sense of pride and joy that the Lord felt gave Joseph the strength to endure all his tsarps trials. Joseph may not have been feeling very joyful when falsely accused of rape or thrown into prison, but he knew God took pride in Him and felt joy in his faithfulness and that gave him his strength to endure.
Let us rejoice in the knowledge and truth that it is the Word of the LORD that purifies, and gives us confidence as we go through every trial to press on. To know that His pleasure really is our strength and lasting joy, and that when we enter His heart, we find it is filled with joy over us and our faithfulness. Let us live to prove the Joy of the LORD really is our strength.
(Reference : Hebrew Word Study – the JOY of the LORD)