Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Joy and hope allows us as Christians to bear the sourest trials. But give me a man, woman, or even Christian who has lost sight of hope and even lesser challengers become much heavier.
Joy is like lifting a 250 lb. man with a greater ease in water, do to water’s properties even a 250 lb. man becomes easier to lift then if you tried to lift him on dry ground. Has the man’s weight changed? No. But has the dynamic changed to make lifting the weighty man possible and less strenuous? Yes!
Or take engine oil as another analogy, the friction and stress of life can wear us down and without the joy of the Lord lubricating the gears of our hearts we burn ourselves up fast! Believe me I know. Stress – rest =distress.