In every community there are days when the people celebrate. You see, they are united by their shared experiences. Barbara Coloroso said, “There is something profoundly satisfying about sharing a meal. Eating together, breaking bread together, is one of the oldest and most fundamentally unifying of human experiences.
Some shared experiences are remembered with joy while others are sorrowful. In Nehemiah chapter 8, the people listened to Ezra read the Law. They returned from exile to find their homeland in shambles. Under the leadership of Nehemiah, they were able to rebuild the wall they could protect themselves from their enemies. One day, Ezra read the Law and the religious leaders took the time to explain the Law to them. In Nehemiah 8:9 NLT it says, “Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
Why were the people weeping? They had been listening to the reading of the law. The Law told them that they were guilty before God. When they saw themselves before God they wept before Him. But the day was a holy day, a feast day, a day for singing and rejoicing. The Bible says that there is a season for everything. They were mourning in a season of rejoicing. Sometimes we ourselves get our seasons confused. God has ordained specific seasons in our lives. Some seasons bring joy while others bring sorrow.
Whatever the season, God has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. Although there are those who would like us to believe that the only season, we should experience are those that bring joy, life has taught us that sometimes we go through seasons that make us sad. So let us thank God for His faithfulness because he makes every season work out for our good.
Thought for Today: Friend, in every season, God is with us.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.