You never know where a preacher might receive inspiration for a sermon. Yesterday, we had a visiting minister with us who got his sermon at Wal-Mart. One day he was on a shopping trip with his wife, which is not something he enjoys doing. His wife asked him to go down a particular aisle and get some soap that she needed. As he was walking toward the aisle, he noticed people just wheeling their carts, most of them with their heads hung down, just going through the shopping routine. The soap that he needed just happened to be up quite a ways on the shelf, but he is pretty tall, so it wasn’t going to be a problem for him. Suddenly, he jumped up, grabbed the bottle of the shelf, and shouted, “I’ve got the JOY!” Most people just kind of stared, but one lady shouted back, “I’ll take two of whatever he’s got!” Anyway, Brother Savala went on to preach from a familiar text in Nehemiah.
And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
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.
It was a wonderful message and exactly what our church needed. As you begin your busy week, may you have the joy that comes from worshipping and knowing the One true God.