Aug 10, 2020
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Nehemiah had a burden to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This was a huge task, and no doubt, he needed help to accomplish this. However, even though rebuilding the walls was a huge task, not to mention the people who mocked and tried to stop him, but all this was possible because he had the joy of the Lord as his strength. Just as Nehemiah encouraged his people to gather strength in the joy of the Lord, we too should find joy in the Lord as our strength. Today, this week, or this year you will be faced with a huge task, maybe an impossible one, and it is imperative you find joy in the Lord because He is your strength. There are people who need to see God's people joyous even during these "uncertain times." Don't let your circumstances or this world predict your joy. Only God can offer true joy that will give your strength to press on.
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.