Good afternoon Church family,
During my quiet time I was reading the book of Nehemiah. There is a moment when Ezra the priest reads the law to the exiles who have returned. Perhaps it is the first time they have ever heard it. They realise the unfaithfulness of their people throughout the generations and are deeply grieved.
“Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.” Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.” Nehemiah 8:9-12 NIV
Their grief turned to joy because they realised what a privilege it was to serve the Lord, to hear His word, to be in covenant once again. As God’s people we are privileged too, to serve a God so loving, so forgiving, so merciful, so faithful. Let’s rejoice in our faith too today!