So today starts my new chew on this memory verse… partly because it was the application portion of Sunday’s sermon… but nonetheless it’s a great one to know by heart and to be able to spit it out when I need it.
Nehemiah 8:10 says,
Then he said to them, Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
It was so nice to get a better understanding of what the rest of the verse meant… just about everyone knows for the joy of the Lord is your strength… but does anyone know the whole verse… the part that talks about eating and drinking and sharing? Probably not. At Bridge Church (formerly PlantMiami) Pastor Fikri talked about the pursuit of happiness and what the Bible had to say about it. Using this verse he simply said:
- We are to enjoy what we have now
- We are to share with others
- We should rejoice that we are alive
- We shouldn’t live a continuous woe-is-me life
- Jesus Christ in our life, being the hope of glory; is true joy!!
Now of course he did mention that we shouldn’t hear what he didn’t say and start living any ol’ kinda way… but that God truly does want us to be happy and wants us to live an abundant life not just in heaven but here on earth as well…
So here I am sharing what I’ve learned with you in hopes that you will find His joy in your life!!!