Keep Rejoicing

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

A message from David Taylor:

“And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.” Nehemiah 12:43

On this week three years ago, a former Shandon College Ministry student spoke at Fall Retreat. He challenged us with Nehemiah 12:43. As we head to Fall Retreat this weekend, this verse is on my mind and in my heart. As a sophomore, Billy Judge wanted nothing more than to see our college ministry experience the joy of God and to tell of that joy, to tell of that God. I share in his fire and pray to this end now: that our rejoicing in God “could be heard far away.”

In Nehemiah’s time, the wall of the Jerusalem had been rebuilt. After a period of weakness, God’s people had returned to a time of God’s favor. Following his instruction and working together in his power, Israel had rebuilt the wall. The labor, the hours, the conflicts, the extra effort, and the teamwork had paid off. A community of God-followers had experienced success. It wasn’t a time to boast in human achievement. It was a time to bless the builder of all good things.

This is where we are, Shandon College. We’ve had some great successes over the past year. We’ve returned from a time of weakness and loss. We’ve worked hard – for God – with each other. Let’s bless the Lord for it! He is working and moving in our lives. It’s obvious to me when I hear the rejoicing in 5 points on Sunday nights. It’s obvious to me when we continue to have new students showing up at the front doors of the gym. It’s obvious in your tweets, your carpooling, and your smiles. It’s safe to say that “the sound of rejoicing could be heard far away.” Let’s keep on rejoicing and telling others about Jesus.

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