Memory Monday – Week 49

I’ve heard this verse, Nehemiah 8:10, many times but have never read the context around it. In Nehemiah 8:1-9 the people gathered as Ezra read God’s word. The word was presented so that the people could understand it – they were hungry to hear it and listened from dawn to dusk. In verse 10, because of the conviction of their own sin the people responded to what they heard by weeping. The tears were evidence that what they had heard stirred up in the heart. Even though it is good to be convicted of our own sin, we shouldn’t stay focused on it. Our awareness shouldn’t be on our own sin, but we should be focused on our Savior.

No matter what we are facing, whether it’s sin, a trial, or any other diffuclt situation that causes tears, we can trust that God is working in us and through us. Instead of weeping, we can be joyful. Despite what we are going through, God can continue to use us to do a great work. We can trust that on the very hard days the joy that comes from Him is our strength.

It was evident that the joy of the Lord captivated the people because in verse 12, the people understood the word that was spoken to them earlier and allowed the Lord to strengthen them which turned into them singing songs of praise and joy. Allow Him to do the same in your life – let his joy be your strength.

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  • Amy
    Posted at 06:34h, 26 May Reply

    Nehemiah has recently become one of my favorite books of the Bible! I loved your perspective on this (as usual) 🙂

  • Jojo
    Posted at 13:04h, 26 May Reply

    Must admit this is the first time I hear this and I love it.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 18:01h, 26 May Reply

    This was a good word, Caroline. Sometimes, the only thing we can draw strength from at all in those dark places is from the joy of the Lord in our hearts that somehow rises to the surface in spite of all we are facing. His joy is overpowering, and it transcends our circumstances! So thankful for you, sweet friend.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 19:56h, 26 May Reply

    love how everyone is reading and reflecting on Nehemiah together 🙂 always enjoy your takeaways and thoughts on the reading 🙂

  • Logan
    Posted at 10:01h, 27 May Reply

    LOVE THIS! I am now inspired to read the book of Nehemiah… starting tonight. Thank you!

  • Shay
    Posted at 15:43h, 27 May Reply

    Love this, and love your strength and unwavering faith!

  • Jennifer T
    Posted at 22:27h, 27 May Reply

    I think life would be a little easier if I just did this. Thank you for the reminder!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 11:46h, 29 May Reply

    This reminds me of the Ee-taow story by New Tribes Mission. Google it; it is so worth it to see the the joy of the tribal people as they come to understand what they have been taught!

  • Chantel
    Posted at 08:14h, 30 May Reply

    <3 yes! I love this verse, thanks for sharing Caroline!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 20:07h, 04 June Reply

    “Our awareness shouldn’t be on our own sin, but we should be focused on our Savior.” Oh my goodness Caroline… I am still trying to rest fully in this knowledge. I don’t know why I am so sin-conscious and often resort to self-condemnation. This is not the way the Lord wants us to live!

    Thanks for the reminder (and for sharing on the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

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