Nehemiah 8:10 says do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is an emotion
directly related to the circumstances that are currently happening. Joy
biblically is not an emotion. Joy is an attitude of the heart. Joy is
something that lasts; happiness is something that is temporary. When we
overcome a difficult challenge(through the power of God) what we feel
is not happiness but joy. What the widow of Nain experienced after
Jesus brought her son back to life in Luke 7:11-17 was joy not
happiness. What the Psalmist was describing in Psalm 126:1 when he said
when the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion we were like those who
dream was joy not happiness. I remember when I was writing my final year
project. The recommended time of the project was at least four months.
For one reason or the other I registered very late partly because I
sustained a deep laceration to my left palm and could not type. By the
time my proposal was approved I had only two months to do a project that
should take a full time students four months to complete. I started the
project; I would go to work during the day and write my project at
night. At times while walking, I will fall asleep. I remember one early
morning I was walking by a busy road; because I did not sleep through
the night I began to sleep while walking. While sleep walking I began to
edge towards the busy road. There was a huge truck behind me
approaching at a ridiculous high speed. Because I was so tired, I did
not even hear the sound of the truck .As I was about to step into the
front of this rushing truck I hit my leg on huge bollard and I woke up.
If not for the bollard I would have walked into this truck and that
would have been the end but we thank God. Any way I tried my best to
meet the extended deadline for the submission of the project but I
missed it. When I called to explain my situation, I was told submissions
for the project is now closed. I thought to myself, after going through
sleepless nights and almost killed by a truck, I would have to wait
till next semester? I said no. I prayed and went to the school, when I
got to the school the lady that attended to me just took the project
from me and put it where other projects were kept. What I experienced
that day was deep joy not happiness .
A lot of things makes God
happy like singing praises, offerings, doing good works to mention a
few. But nothing brings God joy like people receiving salvation. Luke
15:10 says there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repents. Salvation cost Jesus His life on the cross and it
cost God too – His only son. Every time we bring Him joy by winning
souls, He gives us strength to do more. It is in this strength that we
go and possess the gate of our enemies; it is in this strength that we
live in perfect health and not in sickness. It is in this strength that
we get to the top and permanently remain there. Do you want this
strength? Begin to win souls.
ACTION POINT: Make up your mind today that you will be one of the very few people that will bring God joy from time to time.