The Book of Nehemiah begins and ends with faith. Faith, no matter its size, can remove mountains and it can restore broken walls. Take this Journey to learn how to restore your city through prayer and God’s Word.
43God had made the people very happy, and so on that day they celebrated and offered many sacrifices. The women and children joined in the festivities, and joyful shouts could be heard far from the city of Jerusalem. Read More
God’s restoration of the ruined walls of the city and God’s restoration of the hearts of his people brought an indescribable joy. The people showed a renewed interest in the Word of God and his commands, and the desire to follow God’s Word. Their celebratory worship was truly a fellowship between God and man. In this patriarchal society, this overflow of joy was not limited to the men, but the women and children were allowed to join in. It was indeed a family affair. It began with the prayer of one man, Nehemiah, and ended with the prayers of hundreds of families.
When we have been restored to right standing with God, and seek fellowship with him, everything changes and joy enters our lives. Such expression of wholeness can permeate entire communities.
Attempting great things for God often starts with a small step of faith and the knowledge that God is with you always. The text says God made the people happy. Can you recall instances in which God made people around you happy? What was their response to God?
Think of the people in your community who desperately need restoration. How can you contribute to the restoration of their lives?
Lord, I rejoice in my salvation. Give me the desire to see others experience the joy you have given me.
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