The people of Israel had their moments in which they forgot God and in the book of Nehemiah, specifically in chapter 8 we realize that the people of Israel were very disoriented with respect to the book of the law and is ther where they find it and the scribe Ezra reads it in front of all the people gathered there, who paid close attention.
At that moment all were humbled before the presence of the Lord, they were also sad, because when they heard everything in the book of the law they realized that they had turned away from God and had forgotten His commandments. That was simply a great moment, a new dawn, a new sun, a new light for all the children of Israel and in that same way is the Word of God for us, a light that illuminates our whole interior and makes us be back in the ways of our Creator.
The Bible tells us:
8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Perhaps you are going through a very bitter situation and for a moment you have forgotten what God wants for your life as it is written in His Word, maybe you have forgotten God’s plan for your life, but this is not the end, but that God makes a sun rise every day for us, gives us the opportunity of a sunrise and we must take advantage of this to put into action the plan of God in our lives.
No matter how sad you are, just believe in His Word, strive, be brave and say along with those leaders: “The joy of the Lord is your strength”. Being joyful in God makes us strong and if God is with us, no one can stop us.