“Then he said to them, “Go eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not be grieved, for the Joy of the LORD is your strength.”” (Nehemiah 8:10, NASB)
The book of Nehemiah talks to a spectacular time in the history of the nation of Israel. The Israelites had been in captivity and GOD was fulfilling HIS promise and bringing them back to the land. Nehemiah was allowed to return to Jerusalem to help rebuild the wall around the city. Scripture tells us in Nehemiah 6:15, that the wall was completely rebuilt in 52 days! Even though the wall was now completed…God’s work within HIS people was not.
The verse from Nehemiah 8 is taken from the reading from the Word of GOD that was led by Ezra the scribe. He read the words of the law of Moses aloud to the crowd from the morning until midday!
Can you imagine a church service like that?
The Word of GOD must have brought such conviction on the crowd that day that they began to mourn and weep.
When we realize how far we have strayed from GOD’s will mourning and weeping is a normal response, right? Have you ever been convicted by the Word of GOD?
However on this day, Nehemiah reminded the crowd that it was not a day for mourning, but a day of celebration. He told the crowd that the JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH! Basically, in ourselves we can do nothing, but the LORD is our strength!!!!
Aren’t you glad that the JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH! When we are convicted by the Word of GOD and realize how far we have strayed from HIS will, we are to repent with tears, but we are not to stay in that mournful condition. We are to realize that in ourselves we will never be perfect, but through the sacrifice that JESUS made – taking on our sins – we are made clean through the blood of the LAMB! TODAY IS A DAY TO REJOICE BECAUSE THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH!
Stephen and Mary
On Behalf of True Hope Ministries
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