4 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
“At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they sent for the Levites wherever they lived and brought them to Jerusalem to celebrate the joyous dedication with thanksgiving and singing accompanied by cymbals, harps, and lyres.”
Nehemiah 12:27 (CSB)
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
We don’t celebrate enough. God blesses us and we may (or may not) offer up a simple, quiet prayer of gratitude.
If you want to be encouraged and to encourage others, then you’ve got to celebrate! When God does something wonderful, or He works powerfully through people to do something great, then celebrate!
In Nehemiah 12:27, we see that the Jerusalem wall had been completed. The citizens of Jerusalem were now protected.
But, it is at this point that many people may have stopped. “The wall has been rebuilt so let’s move on to something else.” Not Nehemiah! He led the people to celebrate the completion of the wall. God’s name was magnified and thanksgiving was offered up to Him.
How do you think it made the people feel to be a part of that kind of celebration? Wonderful! There must have been plenty of smiles, much laughter, a few high-fives (if they did that back then), and those Jews would have rested their heads on their pillows that night with smiles on their faces. It is wonderful to celebrate what God has done!
So, when God does something in your life, our in your family, or in your church, look for a fun, creative way to celebrate. In a negative world, we tend to see fewer smiles. God-followers ought to be happy and upbeat. Just look at Nehemiah’s example and think about doing the same thing. Celebrate! You’ll be glad you did!
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Lord Jesus, You desire for Your followers to demonstrate joy and happiness. In fact, it’s part of the fruit of a Spirit-filled life. So, help me to lead (or encourage those in leadership) to celebrate what You have done and are doing. Help me to be happy in You. Amen.