All of us have been in a place where we have needed strength. Can you remember? Can you remember a time where you literally felt like you had nothing left? Have you felt convicted of something and thought it may weigh you down so hard that you couldn’t bare to carry it another minute?
In Nehemiah 8, Ezra and other teachers of the law stood and read the word of the law, to the Israelites who had been formerly exiled, and as the people listened, it says that the wept and mourned. Conviction. They knew that there lives were not in line with the will of God and his plan for them and they wept because of it. Have you been there? Can you relate?
But Nehemiah is quick to remind them how big God’s grace is for them. He tells them to go “eat and drink” essentially have a party. Because “The Joy of the Lord is there strength.” A revival began that day in Jerusalem. Because God’s grace was big enough for the Israelites, and it’s big enough for you. What is laying heavy on your heart today? Do not weep, let the Joy of the Lord be your strength.