Daily Manna Devotional 6-2-19
READING THE WORD FOR REVIVAL
TEXT: Nehemiah 8:9-18
KEY VERSE: “And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” – (Nehemiah 8:12).
News had reached Nehemiah of the sorry state of the beloved capital of the Jewish nation together with the burning of it gates, thus exposing it to further desecration. He did first things first: he went to God asking for mercy and for the Lord to touch the heart of the king concerning his request to be away for God’s work in Jerusalem.
These petitions were granted and Nehemiah, now in Jerusalem promptly discerned the task at hand. He discovered the missing link in the returning Jews: they needed spiritual revival. Restoration was required to heal the nation’s tattered spirit that hung on them like old discarded garments. Revival did not lie in the words or homilies of man but in the word of God. The people must be led into the Law of Jehovah; they must be aware of His promises to comfort the despondent.
There was a season of mourning among the Jews, who appeared disconsolate in view of the widespread destruction of Jerusalem. But after the Law of Moses was delivered to them by Ezra the scribe and the Levites, their emotions changed to excitement and joy. It confirms David’s submission in Psalm 19:8: “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
God is also addressing today’s world which desperately needs revival and joy. As the Jews had joy, revival and restoration through receiving the Word of God, the Word still heals the sorrowful, the weary and downcast. God is the Source of revivals that produce true joy.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Wielding the Word works wonders.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Matthew 20-21