When Ezra read the book of the Law to the Israelites in their day, the people started to realize the many ways in which they had not been walking together with God. They started to be sad and afraid. This, however, was not a day set apart by God for sadness and repentance. This day wasn’t about them. The day was about God. When they put their focus on God and everything God has done for them, they celebrated.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, "Don't mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the LORD your God." For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. 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!" And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, "Hush! Don't weep! For this is a sacred day." (Nehemiah 8:9-11 NLT)
Often times, we miss God’s point because we get caught up in our own point of view. It’s much easier to look at the world through our eyes and more difficult to look at it through God’s eyes. The LORD, however, wants us to take the time to look at things through God’s eyes. Every seventh day was set apart for just such a time. When we do, things make sense. When we do, we understand our part of God’s Plan. When we do, we know how to walk together with God.
So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God's words and understood them. (Nehemiah 8:12 NLT)
How about you? Do you take the time to look at things through God’s eyes? When you do, do things start to make more sense? When you do, do you see your part of God’s Plan? When you do, do you know how to walk together with God? Then, do you do what God says?