PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Nehemiah 7-8
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.” (Nehemiah 8:9)
Have you ever been moved to tears while reading the bible?
Has a word or thought comforted or convicted you in an emotional way?
I can’t think of any teary moments, but I can think of AHA moments.
We don’t know why the people were weeping, but I can think of some possible reasons.
Maybe they were crying because they were finally able to worship like they used to.
Maybe they wept because the reality of home was not very promising.
Maybe the message of the words convicted them, or perhaps overwhelmed them.
Whatever the reason, something triggered an emotional response that went deep.
This makes me wonder about how I spend time with the Lord in scripture.
Do I even slow down long enough to let him speak, to think about his message to me?
Do I read in such a way that the message can speak to the deeper parts in me?
Maybe I don’t weep because I don’t expect to, or want to.
The Spirit of Jesus is with me right now, and has something to say to me.
May I be open to hearing what he says in a deep, real and emotional way.
Lord, speak to me in such a way… and help me to listen in such a way… that what I hear moves me too.