“…so don’t be sad. The joy that the Lord gives you will make you strong.”
Nehemiah 8:10b GNT
Sometimes our bad days turn into bad weeks or bad months. Many times we ask God to take our problems away or to give us strength to endure. But we can still suffer while we endure. Having the strength to get through our struggles doesn’t remove the distress we sometimes experience. And God doesn’t want us to spend our lives engulfed in sadness. He wants us to enjoy life! He gives us joy to make us strong enough for any troubles we face. The strength that comes from the joy that we find in The Lord is not just a strength that allows us to endure bad day after bad day. It’s more than a strength that allows us to just survive problem after problem. This strength allows us to take pleasure in every day despite any circumstances we encounter.
So how do we turn a bad day into a joyful day? Where do we find joy when we feel like we have run out of it?
1. CHOOSE When we are sad, we feel helpless and weak. But the joy that comes from knowing Him gives us strength.
Everything seems to go wrong when you feel weak and depressed. But when you choose to be cheerful, every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness.“ – Proverbs 15:15 TPT
“All who seek The Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.” – Psalms 22:26b NLT
3. SPEND TIME Joy is not found in the absence of problems. Joy is found in His presence.
“You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in Your presence; You always give me sheer delight.” Psalms 16:11 NET
4. PRAY Ask God to give us the joy to love our lives while we endure the trials we face.
“So rejoice in The Lord and be glad, all you who obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!“ – Psalms 32:11
6. BEAR FRUIT
“22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a NLT
7. SERVE We serve The Lord by serving others.
“As you serve him, be glad and worship him. Sing your way into his presence with joy.“ – Psalms 100:2 TPT
8. CONTINUE Practice. Continue to choose. Make a conscious effort to repeat these sources of joy until it comes naturally.
Thank You, Lord, for the joy You bring and the blessings You have given me. Please help me to remember to continue choosing joy, no matter what I face. Amen