Do Not Be Grieved
Do Not Be Grieved
When Israel fell into all sorts of sins and refused to repent, even though God sent many preachers to them, God finally punished them by allowing their enemies to totally defeat them and take them into exile.
In the same way our heavenly Father will guide us with various kinds of discipline to help us realize that there is a consequence for our sins. We do need to straighten out before it is too late.
Although it is necessary for God to discipline us, He is also our loving Father, full of mercy and forgiveness. And that’s how He was with the Israelites. After they had been in exile for many years under the Persians, God started arranging events so that they were able to return to Israel and set up their homes again.
In that time Nehemiah got permission from the Persian king to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls that had been broken down and burned. Nehemiah organized the Israelites so that they got the walls rebuilt, even though enemies opposed them all the way.
When they finished the walls, Nehemiah gathered all the people so that they could renew their covenant with the LORD. When they got together Ezra read the Book of the Law of Moses and it was explained to the people.
Just hearing the word of God for the first time in years brought the people to tears of repentance. They realized how far they had fallen away from the Lord.
Here’s the beautiful part of the story. As Nehemiah saw their repentance and weeping, he said, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” And after instructing them to prepare a feast, Nehemiah said what is vital for all repentant children of God. He said in Nehemiah 8:10:
“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
And that is how it is for us also. As we read God’s word and see our sinful condition, and repent because we are so pitifully gross, we are not to grieve too long. Instead, God wants us to receive the joy of His forgiveness because it is real and powerfully true.
If we mourn and grieve over our sins too long, it means we are not trusting in the love and forgiveness of God. Yes, God wants us to repent and change our ways. But, after that it is most necessary to accept the gift of forgiveness.
When we have accepted that gift, then we must take it all in and rejoice. That is the only way to remain strong in the LORD — trust in his love and obey with joy.
As we accept our forgiveness, we can joyfully say, “Hallelujah! The LORD is my strength!”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.