Words from the Heart for Friday July 17th, 2020
… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
A Spruce Grove, Alberta woman is teaming up with Edmonton businesses to collect donated tablets and phones to help seniors stay in touch with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emily Jenks started Project Joy, named after her grandmother, after she and her three children talked about ways to help others, such as seniors separated from their families. Jenks said, “Wouldn’t it be great to connect those devices sitting in a drawer or going to a landfill, with some people that could really use it.”
The mark of the life of the Christian ought to be joy. Not some giddy, silly, immature, childish kind of joy. But a joy that is deep down in our souls and gives us a sense of God’s presence even in the most challenging of situations. This God-supplied joy is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it in Christ. It’s not that Christians are happy all the time. We are not. There are things that sadden us, just like they sadden every human being. I love birds, and am particularly taken by barn swallows. The other day one flew into our sunroom window and died. That saddened me. The joy that the Lord gives goes much deeper than happiness. It is a deep-down sense that no matter what is happening around me, or even within me, God has it all under control. That’s why we read in Nehemiah 8:10b: “… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” It is that deep sense of God’s presence in my life that brings an inexpressible joy, to use the Apostle Peter’s expression. And it gives us the strength to overcome whatever the circumstances of life throw at us.
These have been words from the heart.