Nehemiah 8:17 tells us that when Israel celebrated The Feast of Booths, “there was great rejoicing.” There was a good reason for that which many of us could learn from.
The Feast of Booths was a celebration in which God commanded His people to make “booths” out of tree branches, so that they might live in them temporarily during the Feast, to celebrate the Exodus wilderness wanderings. Verse 17 says that Israel had not actually observed that feast since the days of Joshua, but when they studied the scriptures with Ezra (:13) they made a commitment to reinstate the practice.
It must have been “fun” for the people to live in the booths and celebrate the Feast for the first time in centuries. It would have been an adventure, like camping out.
But there is also another, more important reason for the joy the people experienced when they celebrated the feast. Sure it might have been fun to “camp out.” But the great cause of their joy was reading God’s word and DOING what He had commanded.
This is a great reminder for many of us too. Do you want joy? You will never find it by continually disregarding God’s word. Instead, study His word, and take pains to obey it like Israel did, and like the people of Nehemiah’s day, you will find joy as you do.