God's Promises for You: Devotion Seven

While challenges are inevitably a part of life, faith gives us a special reserve to power through them — and come out better. Faith's reserve is a gift from God as he seeks to partner with us. One of the ways that we can receive this gift is by standing upon scriptural promises. The following devotion explores how God's promises can not only supply us with strength, but with joy too. Read to find out how! (And don't forget to look up the verse from Habakkuk below — it's a favorite!)

Day 13
“For the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
I once heard a pastor distinguish between happiness and joy. Happiness is situational and a feeling that is often fleeting, he said. Joy comes from a deeper, richer perspective. It is based upon unchanging principles or truths that bring satisfaction and even elation. Faith offers us many of these things. We have promises to stand on when we are fearful or full of doubt. We have an unconditionally loving Presence to guide us when we feel forgotten or alone. We have meaning and purpose endowed upon us by our Creator, which we can remember when we feel ineffectual or disappointed in our journeys. God’s gifts aren’t meant to just make us feel better; they’re meant to infuse us with strength. This strength extends beyond our own, picks us up when we’re down, and makes our feet steady even on the heights. Where are you in need of a promise of God today? The joy of the Lord can be your strength.
Further Reading: Psalm 96:6; Habakkuk 3:19; Ephesians 6:10

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