Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 8:10
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.
Reflections: Israel had gathered to thank the Lord and to hear Nehemiah speak after the wall of Jerusalem had been rebuilt. Thoughts of the destruction of Jerusalem which led to their Babylonian captivity began to flash through their minds. Nehemiah was quick to discern that these thoughts had the potential to spark off grieve in their hearts. He quickly reversed this development by informing them that they should rather focus on the joy of the Lord and that, this was going to give them the inner strength they needed. Grieving would have robbed of this strength. To grieve is to have an intense feeling of sorrow. With that kind of condition, you will certainly loose the motivation to do what is needed. Like Nehemiah and his people, you must learn to quickly turn your grieve into the joy of the Lord. Praising God is what turns on this joy within you. This ultimately leads to the activation of the strength of your inner man. Remember, your inner strength is your source of personal motivation in life. It. enables you to carry on in life despite challenges. Let the joy of the Lord remain active in your life no matter what!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to turn any sad moment I encounter into praise.
Confession: The joy of the Lord is my strength. I will not stop praising God.