Jesus is our joy and He brings light to our path in these dark days.

“These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you..” John 15:11

There’s a children’s chorus that many of us are familiar with: 

The joy of the Lord is my strength,

He gives me living water and I thirst no more,

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Is the joy of the Lord your strength?  When life seems like it has no lack of problems do you turn to the Lord who is our strength and The Giver of strength? Do you remember that He alone gives you living water so that you thirst no more?

How can you have the joy of the Lord when truth be told you are not feeling it?  Your raw emotions are telling you that joy is not possible in this storm because this one is unlike any that you or anyone else has ever gone through and what if God does not show up to deliver me. So then what are you to do? How do you respond to life when it turns dark all around you and you can’t see the light?

A biblical definition for joy is that joy is a feeling of good pleasure and happiness that is dependent on who Jesus is rather than who we are or what is happening around us. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit, abiding in God’s presence, and from hope in His word.

The Word of God tells us, Do not be grieved (worried, upset, sorrowful) for the joy of the Lord is my strength (power, energy, stronghold). John 19:18 AMP

So for now you are in grief; but I will see you again, and (then) your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away from you your (great) joy. John 16:22 AMP

I will never forget the time when I received some bad news, it was the middle of the night and my husband was out of town. All my children were home but they were all fast asleep so I had no one to turn to, no one to carry the grief and sorrow with me. But God, He was right there with me and I knew that I could cry out to Him for comfort and joy in this monumental storm as it was raging all around me turning my world dark and empty. Immediately, I opened my Bible, turned on praise music and pleaded for God’s presence to surround me like a warm blanket to reach down to me and show Himself strong and mighty and that’s exactly what He did. No human comfort could soothe my hurting spirit. At that moment no words of man or woman could have touched my soul and shone in the light of joy. 

And then there is the darkness of our culture where so many things that displease God are being celebrated.  When the protection of the lives of unborn babies has been restored but anger has arisen and disdain for such a ruling becomes yet another issue that divides an already fractured nation, God pours His joy and comfort into the believer’s heart because we know that in the end He will make all things right and all things will be made new. 

So lift your chin up and smile because you know that the joy of the Lord really is your strength. 

The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8 AMP 

The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness.  He will be quiet in his love. He will delight in you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 CSB

About The Author

Elyse Casimir has been married for 48 years and has 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren plus a few adopted ones she has gathered up along the way. She believes that a woman who is intentionally seeking God will be an influencer of good while pointing someone else to live for the Savior. “We can all be on the lookout to bless and influence every person that He puts across our pathway.” Elyse was most recently the Director of Pregnancy Loss, a ministry under the umbrella of Care Net of Puget Sound Pregnancy and Family Services in Seattle, Washington. Elyse is a writer, encourager, and counselor offering hope for the grieving. She enjoys being “Nana” to her grandbabies and also sharing with women how they can thrive under the beauty and wonders of Jesus Christ the Lord. Hobbies: reading, crocheting, mental and physical self-care while caring for others. 

 Elyse Casimir609-558-6165
Blessings, Elyse