by Dr. Walter Olsen
What is the strength of the Christian? Of course, many things can be suggested such as his knowledge of God’s word, his faith in all God has promised, Christian fellowship with other believers and many other things.
All such things would contribute to his strength, indeed to his personal sense of well being. Yet, there is one thing that stands out especially. When the Scriptures were read before the people in Nehemiah’s day, there was great rejoicing because the word was made plain so they could understand. Then was given the added note, “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). So today, when people know the Lord as their Savior, there is a joy that can be found no where else. It is not a joy that proceeds from man himself or even from favorable circumstances. It is a joy that is found in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ Himself is the believer’s joy and thus the believer’s strength. It is thus that Jesus said to believers, “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (Jn. 15:11). Granted, there are many things that can bring sorrow, hurt, and grief, and yet, when one is trusting the Lord, there is a sense of joy and strength that cannot be taken from him.
First Baptist Church of Woodville Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624