by Pastor Ken
The joy of the LORD is your strength.
For the apostle Paul, the joy of the LORD was his strength. That strength was particularly obvious when he was in prison. On one occasion he was expressing his joy by singing praises to God. Suddenly there was a massive earthquake. The doors of the prison cells opened and the chains of every prisoner fell off.
The earthquake woke the sleeping jailer. When he saw the doors of the cells open he assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself because he knew he would be put to death for letting them escape. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” The jailer immediately realized that Paul and Silas, who was in jail with him, were truly men of God. So he asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household” (Acts 16:25-34). So, the jailer believed in Jesus and he and his entire family were baptized into Christ that very night. Now they could also know and experience the joy of Jesus Paul had.
Will you let Jesus be your source of joy? If your answer is yes, you will be blessed with the strength that comes from giving Jesus your whole heart. Even when life is hard or painful you will live with joyous peace and serenity because Jesus promised: “You will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22).
Prayer: LORD, with Your joy, help me to live a courageous life. Let this joy help me overcome any giant Goliath-like challenges. I pray in the name of Jesus who is the source of joy, Amen.