The joy of the Lord is my strength.
James 1:2 …whenever trouble comes your way let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
It’s my choice. I decide whether I will allow situations and circumstances to rule over my lives, my vision, my emotions or I can choose to let it be an opportunity to glorify God. It’s not about being fake and pretending to be happy when I am not really. Joy is not happiness.
Joy is truthful when, despite the circumstances we believe that God is for us and that God’s word will prevail and an unexplainable joy comes from that. This joy becomes our strength that enables us to endure anything, because it is not false.
Joy: delight, comfort, prize, pleasure, solace, support, treasure, wonder, satisfaction, triumph.
Strength: stamina, fortitude, stability, courage, potency, soundness.
Yes and amen