My son, do not despise the Lord’s
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
- Proverbs 3:11-12
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.”
- Nehemiah 8:10
“‘Whom the Lord loves He chastens…’ (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, ‘Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!’ Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, ‘My yoke is easy and My burden is light’ (Matthew 11:30). Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you. …
“’…the joy of the Lord is your strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10). Where do the saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light, and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and not the burden. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.
“If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out. It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Paul talked of Joy in suffering (1 Thessalonians 1:6). We must not disregard this concept as nonsense. God is grooming us to be like Jesus. We are far removed from that, but with each successfully completed trial, we get closer. Jesus did not have it easy, and neither shall we.
Yet, I had mentioned what the Chambers’ quote mentions recently. Our burden is light because we are yoked with Jesus.
And the Joy is what shines through, even in the midst of suffering. We are strong, because of Him. We are joyful, because of Him. The Holy Spirit within us guides us during these troubled times.
How could anyone see people emerge from troubles with a smile and not think them to be invincible?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.