© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Around 2,400 years ago, the city of Jerusalem was in shambles. Among its people, disunity prevailed. Enemies tried to interrupt every effort at recovery and progress. When the people listened to the Book of the Law, their Bible, they wept as they heard the words. Things were not the way they were supposed to be. But God had raised up a leader named Nehemiah. Nehemiah insisted, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
When our son was a toddler, his most hated enemy was the vacuum cleaner. It terrified him! If caught off guard by the roar of the motor, he would burst into tears and run to another room. If he couldn’t escape fast enough, he clung for dear life to the leg of the person running the vacuum cleaner, begging to be picked up.
Later he decided that the sofa was a relatively safe haven. If he saw the vacuum being readied for use, he would jump up onto the sofa where the sweeper would not reach. There he would sit and watch in subdued terror as the floor was cleaned.
Then things changed completely. A friend made us three pillows that spelled out the word “joy.” Now when his adversary appeared, the boy jumped onto the couch, clutched the pillows, smiled, and even laughed at his noisy nemesis. The pillows were so comforting that his nightly bedtime request became, “I want to sleep with my j-o-y.”
Do you have the joy that makes life secure in these uncertain times? Jesus wants to provide you complete joy (John 15:11). May we help you to know the strengthening joy of the Lord?