They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading . . . For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way . . . for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:8;9b-10)
A true understanding of the Word causes repentance. Weeping, turning as we see our wretched ways through His eyes. I love this passage as it shows those with understanding coming alongside those who lacked wisdom. Today, we have pastors and friends who clarify and speak truth to us from the Word.
But, how about our own quiet times?
When we read our bibles, we need to be praying that the Holy Spirit would bring understanding, discernment and wisdom to us. His Word is so powerful, it truly transforms lives!
I used to struggle so much in my study time. I would groan and grunt my way through passages, trying to glean something to write down in my journal or to share at the next women’s group. One day, I stopped, put down my multi-colored pens and asked the Lord to show me...Himself.
Ahhhhhh. There it was. My light bulb moment of finally ‘getting’ what so many other women had understood all along. While there are definitely times of scavenging and hunting through the Word for treasure, our main focus in our day to day quiet time is to be seeking Him. He is our true treasure. As we seek to see his face and his character, His precious presence becomes the joy of our life and our strength.
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