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Strength from Rejoicing

Nehemiah 8:10b

Do not grieve, because your strength comes from rejoicing in the LORD.

When the exiles returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, they finished the job in only 52 days under Nehemiah’s leadership. Afterward, they gathered together as Ezra read from the law. Upon hearing God’s word, the Holy Spirit began to convict them as the priests and Levites explained the word to them, and they wept and mourned as they realized their sinful condition. God’s word to them upon turning to Him was not to grieve but to rejoice in Him because their strength came in rejoicing, rather than grieving.

Many turn from God upon the recognition of their sin because they feel disapproval. They are afraid to turn to God because they think they will be punished, or they are ashamed. Just as the Prodigal son received grace and a huge celebration when he returned, so God celebrates when we realize our sin and turn to Him. We need never fear when we are convicted of sin but to turn to God with a thankful and rejoicing heart. By doing so, we gain strength to overcome that sin and to move forward in God’s plan for us.

If you have failed in some way, the Devil would like nothing more than to keep you isolated in shame. Turn to God and rejoice! Your strength is found in the joy of the Lord. He still loves you, and He still favors you. Nothing can separate you from His love. Rejoice in His great love for you today, and find strength to overcome whatever has detained or derailed you.

Have a blessed day!

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