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Jan 15

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 13

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 10:42 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Joy
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Day 13

Read: Nehemiah 8:9-12

Key Verse: 

“Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

Key Reflection: 
v. 10 The people took God’s word so seriously that they wept. Nehemiah explained to the people that this feast was not for weeping but for joy. The fruit of the Spirit was to be visible; love, in sharing with the less fortunate; joy, in eating and drinking before the Lord; peace, in calming their fears and putting their hearts at rest. Their sadness was turned to joy, and the joy of the Lord was their strength, (MacDonald, 1995, pp. 488-489).

Nehemiah's team gave out strength in the total package. If any of the folks had tried to do his or her work on the wall alone, they'd have never made it. It was too big a project. But since other people were building the wall, since there was progress on down the line, then each person was encouraged to keep laying bricks. Nehemiah even passed up the opportunity to eat better food than his workers, instead choosing to live in the same quarters, eat the same food, and get the same job done. Through teamwork, and by seeing the progress that was being made, the joy of the Lord became more and more evident, and in only 52 days, the walls of Jerusalem were standing strong again.

Father, help us to have Your joy during our trials, situations, ups, and downs; so that Your joy is our strength and we can see your strength working in us and be thankful and grateful in it. 

In what ways is the joy of the Lord, your strength?

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