Sweet Tea

Nehemiah 8:10 “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’” 

teaLast night I read this scripture aloud to my wife Patti.  I wanted to know what she thought of it. She told me that first of all she knows that Nehemiah was from the southern part of Israel. Of course I asked why, and she responded that, “He obviously liked sweet tea. Therefore he must be from the South.”

That wasn’t really the part of the passage that wanted her to focus on. My question was really pointed more towards the direction of the joy of the Lord, what is it, and why is it declared as Nehemiah’s strength.

Our human source of joy is usually made up of the presence of those persons in our life to bring us joy, such as our wife, our children, and our family and friends. But unfortunately, our joy is also driven by circumstances that may be good and then may turn bad. When circumstances turn bad, it can wipe our joy away.

The joy of the Lord is more than based on circumstances. The joy of the Lord is the access we have to our Heavenly Father because Christ Jesus has broken down the wall the blocks us from the presence of God. It doesn’t depend upon circumstances being good or bad. It’s a constant that doesn’t waiver because the world has disappointed you.

Today, think about the the presence of the Lord and the unwavering ways that God has a plan for you. Rejoice and be joyful in God’s embrace.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

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