Sunday Devotional: Today is holy, do not be sad

Nehemiah 8:9-10

“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep . . . .
Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”

We are living in evil times.

See “Prominent Democrats dress up as the Devil” and “Trump caves: Government reopens; no wall“.

But today’s reading from Nehemiah reminds us that today is holy to our Lord God, and we are not to be sad, or angry, or downhearted. Instead, we are to rejoice!

To rejoice is to fill with joy.

What is joy?

Joy is not happiness. Joy is not based upon whether things are going well or not. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the acquisition or anticipation of something great or wonderful. Joy is exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a great success or a very beautiful or wonderful experience — or not.

St. Paul tells us joy is one of the fruits or the results of having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (1 Thess 1:6; Rom 14:17). Which is why we can be joyful even in the midst of great trials and suffering.

Joy even helped our Lord endure the cross: “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).

So be joyful! Praise the Lord, and let your heart burst with joy!

May the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Éowyn

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Alma
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Alma

And with Your Spirit. Nehemiah 8:9-10. While I celebrate the holy of this day sharing with my brothers we are strong.

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Maryaha

Beautiful words, wonderful words of life, Dr. Eowyn!

TrailDust
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Yes indeed, we must not allow any news to hold our peace and joy hostage. God’s faithfulness is secure, and our hearts are on a firm foundation when we put our faith in Him.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Dr Eowyn . . .What a wonderful message for today, and for everyday. I do agree with Traildust, it is easy to become discouraged when the “news is so negative.” That is why it is important to experience the joy of basking in the Spirit of the Lord. I pray that each of us will wrap ourselves in true joy, the Spirit of the Lord, and be able to withstand the evils that prevail all around us.

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Peace2All

Without hope of joy, there is no hope at all.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Thank you for your inspiring Sunday devotionals.