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Having Joy Though Living in a Society Filled with Anxiety

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As unrest fills our screens, anxiety can fill the heart. Hard news, deep anger, and desperation regularly flood our social media. If not careful, one's emotions will gravitate towards negativity and anxiety from the burdens of this world. However, as a believer, we can have joy though living in a society filled with anxiety. How?

Nehemiah 8:10b reads, "The joy of the Lord is my strength."  This statement was proclaimed about 50 years after the Israelites were allowed to return from their 70 years captivity in Babylonia. Humanly speaking, they had reason to live with fear and anxiety. Even as they gained the freedom to return home, only a small percentage made the long trek back. Once in their country, they faced more unrest because of their now war-torn land and hostile neighbors. Protective city walls needed rebuilding. Homes needed repair. Hearts needed mending.

This group of Israelites gathered to hear God's Word. A priest named Ezra read aloud a large portion of the Old Testament. As the children of Israel listened to the Word of God, they were convicted and began to weep.

Nehemiah and Ezra encouraged God's people by explaining that this is not a time of weeping. This is a time to celebrate because the people of God now had the Bible and were worshipping God. At this moment, Nehemiah stood and declared, "The Joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b (ESV)

This same joy is available to each of us as believers when we feel unrest, anxiety, and loss. We, too, can listen to God's word. We, too, must confess any sin. We, too, can receive the same Biblical joy. This joy is different from the world's happiness. It is an understanding of the promises of God. It is a deep trust in Christ and His goodness regardless of what is happening in the society around us. Biblical joy is the confidence to follow Him and press forward. Rick Warren defines this joy as: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

God gives His people an unexplainable hope because He is our joy. We can have His assurance because He is in control of the details of our life. From this trust in the Lord and His goodness, we can live with peace. Though the media might scare you, though our society is filled with anxiety, live with joy. The truth is "the joy of the Lord is your strength." He knows every detail which concerns you. You can trust Him and move forward in joy today.

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Certain Promises for an Uncertain World

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In a world of uncertainty, we can find assurance in God’s unchanging promises. God does not change His mind. He never fails. He will fulfill His promises. If you are tired from the noise of our ever-changing world, seek His peace with these unfailing truths.

God promises to be with you, always. He will never leave you. No matter what you are facing today, you are not alone. God will not abandon you or forsake you. In Hebrews 13:5b (ESV), Christ said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

The Lord promises to give strength for your days. He gives what is needed to accomplish His will for your life. He will renew your vigor. He promises to provide energy and power as you depend on Him.  "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

God promises to give wisdom. When needing direction and answers to life's ever-changing problems, He will provide understanding. He gives guidance when we ask of Him. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 (ESV)

God promises to give peace. As we seek the Lord, He gives His peace. His peace is different from the world's. It is a calmness in a raging storm. It is an inner assurance because of Him and His goodness. ”You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)

God promises salvation to those who confess and believe. God gives the gift of eternal life. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on a cruel cross. He overcame death and the grave. He offers salvation to all. "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 (ESV)

God promises that one day there will be no more sorrow. In heaven, there will be no social injustice, evil, or pain. There will be no sorrow, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelations 21: 4b (ESV) states, "neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

In a world of constant change and uncertainty, you can find peace in His unchanging promises and steadfast truth. Rest assured. He promises to be with you, to give strength, wisdom, and peace for your every day, but the greatest promise of all is eternal life. You can trust Him and His promises today for they are unchanging truth.

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