Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nehemiah 8:10

(end of v. 10) "Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Nehemiah has been speaking to the people and they wept when the law was read. But Nehemiah tells the people to not grieve and reminds them "the joy of the LORD is your strength." What awesome words! We are so weak and powerless, and are reminded of this all the time. And we are utterly incapable of keeping God's Law. But we rejoice that Christ kept the Law perfectly for us and took the punishment we deserved. We are filled with joy because of God's grace and forgiveness, and celebrate the victory we have in Christ, and the promise of God to continually strengthen us.

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