Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 11-12
Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 12:43
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.
At the dedication for the re-built wall of Jerusalem, the people of Judah worshiped God and celebrated what He had done for them, a celebration so great the surrounding nations could hear and witness it for themselves. This sets an example for each of us. Three questions for you to consider:
Are you joyful? Joy isn’t a fleeting emotion. It is a state of being that comes from confidence that God is in control no matter what your circumstances may be. So in times of happiness and sadness, times of blessing and loss, times of comfort and pain, at all times, God’s people can be joyful.
James 1:2-4 – 2) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3) for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4) And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Do people see your joy? Real joy cannot be contained. It is visible in your attitude and your actions. It changes the way others relate to you. It is a witness, particularly during times of challenge and difficulty, that there is something different about you and the way you approach life. If you’re not expressing joy, it’s probably because you are not experiencing joy.
Do others know your joy comes from the Lord? Because joy is an opportunity for witness, don’t fail to let others know the source of your joy. Particularly when you’ve been blessed others may think your joy comes from what you’ve been given. Be sure others know your joy comes not from the gift, but from the gift giver.
Let us each trust God, have the joy that comes only from Him, and share it with everyone we can.
Nehemiah 8:10(b) – And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.