Sunday, February 20, 2022

Daily Devotion: Mourning vs. Apathy

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:4 and Nehemiah 1

Key Verse:  Verse Neh 1:4 - And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Key Words:  I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days

The word mourn means to grieve, to have sorrow, primarily to grieve and sorrow over sorrowful situations, just as Nehemiah did.

It's interesting how mourning affects our zeal for God and others.

Nehemiah mourned and the walls of Jerusalem were re-built.  Hannah mourned and God allowed the birth of Samuel.  Joshua mourned and Ai was defeated.  David mourned and sacrificed to God (Psalm 51).

An elderly Chinese philosopher was approached by a young woman who was grief stricken because of the loss of her only son.  "I will be able to help you," he assured her, "if you will bring me some mustard seed, but it must be obtained at a home where there has never been any sorrow."  Eagerly the woman started her search.  In every place she visited, however, there had been trials and loss of loved ones.  Returning, she exclaimed, "How selfish I have been!  Sorrow is common to all."  "Ah," said the elderly sage, "you have now learned a valuable lesson and acquired a wealth of wisdom which not only has eased your own grief but also has prepared you to sympathize with others."

What to do:
✞ A good mourning over the situation of others will give you a better day.

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