The book of Nehemiah began in discouragement. The wall was broken down. The spiritual condition of the people was broken down, too. It ends, however, much better. Let’s take a look, so that we can see the result of revival.
Nehemiah 12:43 pretty much sums it up: "Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off."
1. God was first again. “Also that day they offered great sacrifices.”
In the last few chapters of Nehemiah, it seems that you can’t go more than a few verses without finding them worshipping God, and rejoicing, and remembering all that he had done from ancient history to the present! They were serving Him again. They were sacrificing, and tithing and singing and putting God first in their lives all around!
2. They were happy. “…for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced:”
This is quite the contrast to the beginning of the book. The people were happy. Their families were satisfied and joyful. There is nothing like families being at peace!
3. They were a good testimony. “…so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off."
The Book of Nehemiah started off with the bad news of Jerusalem being heard afar off, at Shushan the palace. Now, after the revival, it was a totally different story. They had a wonderful testimony that was being heard afar off, and glorifying God!
I want this to be my life. It is the result of revival from God. God first in everything. Peace and joy that radiates from my family. And a wonderful testimony that points people to Christ, so that they can know this joy and peace, too!