Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Today's Morsel: When I first arrived on Okinawa in 1993, what I noticed more than anything, was the longevity of life of many of the Okinawan people. It wasn't uncommon to see someone that was a 100 years old. Many of these elderly were out early exercising, working in the fields, and just enjoying life. I was also surprised by many of their diets. Pork, rice, seaweed, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and fish just to name few of their dietary items. So I have concluded that good exercise and eat what you want will give you the strength that you need, and may even extend your life.
Nehemiah told the workers that helped him rebuild the wall around the city to eat the fat, drink the sweet and send portions to others. In other words, while you are rejoicing in the victory that God has given you and your accomplishments, don't forget the poor and others, because the joy of the Lord is your strength. When we share with others what the Lord is doing in our lives and all He has given us, it gives us strength. When we give to missions so that they can build the wall and establish a stronghold for Jesus, we glean strength. Some people don't like to talk about what God has done and is doing in their life to others. But when a person is excited about what God is doing, it gives them strength, and I will not try to discourage them by not listening. So don't be sorry if others don't want to listen, keep talking about Jesus and what He's doing because the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Sing: The joy of the Lord is my strength! The joy of the Lord is my strength! The joy of the Lord is my strength! The joy of the Lord is my strength!