Nehemiah 8:11-12 NLT
And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.
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The people were saddened as they read the words from God’s law because they became aware of their sins.
The law exposed their short comings. The word of God penetrates the heart and brings our dark areas into the light.
But both Nehemiah and the Levites encourage them to celebrate and be joyful. Why? Because
When God teaches us and reveals things to us we should be full of festivities and gratitude. If we really value His Word and understand the power in it, we will move from weeping over our failures to being quickly affirmed by His love.
There is nothing more reassuring than receiving instruction and correction from the Most High. He wants to shape us, teach us and show us His ways. And if we want Him to continue to give us counsel and wisdom, then we need to reverently celebrate Him.
So eat and drink and encourage others to feast and find delight in Him.