“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10).
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).
There is a race set before us. There is a journey God has called us to embark upon. God has called us to walk with Him. As we remember that faith is not just a tool to get God to do what we want Him to do, it is a journey. It is a walk. That’s why it is called the ‘walk of faith’.
So, for this walk, we need strength. For this race, we need strength. For this journey, We need God’s strength. What kind of strength can therefore sustain us? It is the JOY OF THE LORD, which is the strength for our soul. The world system wants to choke away the joy we have, therefore making us faint, and the journey becomes a burden. The walk of faith is not burdensome. It is light if only we do it right. How? Take on the yoke of Christ, which is standing in the presence of God, then walking with Him.
So, as much as the journey is set for us to embark on, we would either fly, run or walk depending on where we are going and how much we’ve learnt to wait on God. Remember, there’s only one place for renewing our strength, it is when we wait upon the Lord. Waiting upon the Lord is standing in His presence. Don’t run like other people run, running in the vanity and futility of their ‘own’ strength. Our strength is insufficient for this journey.
“He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.” (1 Samuel 2:9).
Remember, “…it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:16).
How do we then receive God’s mercy?
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).
Mercy is necessary for the Journey of Faith. God bless you and increase you in Joy.
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