Happy Holy Day
Posted: Friday, August 14
1 Corinthians 9:1-18
Verse of the day:
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10)
God is holy. We are not. When we are able to grasp those realities there is a grieving that occurs in our lives. In fact, we should expect that a certain amount of our interaction with the Lord will be correction when we choose the wrong paths. We all know what it feels like to experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
In Nehemiah 8 the Israelites are experiencing this same conviction. Ezra the priest is reading the Book of the Law and we are told the people are weeping as they’re hearing the words read. But what follows is quite interesting. Nehemiah, Ezra and the Levites tell the people: ‘Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks… This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad…!’
The knowledge of our sin should never be greater than our knowledge that Jesus defeated sin on the cross. Our knowledge of our sin should never eclipse our understanding that Jesus loves sinners and died for us! The appropriate response after conviction and repentance should be joy and celebration!
Some people believe sacred = seriousness; that sacred means somber. But it’s more than possible to have a sacred celebration, complete with a great spread of food and ‘sweet drinks’! Make today a happy, holy day!