Day 39 Good Friday, Apr. 3rd

Nehemiah 8:11-12

11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.



Trusting in what they had been told, the people of Jerusalem moved forward endeavoring to live out their faith. Drawing strength as they rejoiced in the Lord, they enjoyed the blessings of what they received and extended the same to those lacking provisions. While there was actual food and drink which fed and nourished them, there was a sense that they were nourished and fed far more by the word of God which was revealed and explained to them by the spiritual leaders of their community.   There is something to be said for the word and wisdom of God which the Lord conveys through Scripture and expounds upon through his servants.  There is nothing like it that can truly satisfy the thirst within our souls and the hunger which fills our hearts. As a part of the family of God, we are to continue in holy union and reunion, for it is in such times that we are revived and strengthened.  God's word will convict us and correct us, but it will also be a continuous source of life, strength and sustenance for all who continue to walk in the way that scripture prescribes.  
  1. Has the word of God ever served as a source of conviction for correction in your life?
  2. If so, how did you receive the word initially? How did you receive it ultimately?
  3. Has that same word served you subsequently? If so, how?
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Lord God, your word reveals that you chastise and correct those you love. While your word does convict, it will never condemn those who love you, have received your Son and daily seek to walk in your ways.  Continue to revive us, oh Lord. And, continue to strengthen our hearts.

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