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Dr. June Normil
Nehemiah was a Jew born in Persia. He had never been in Judah until he was sent there as governor. Nehemiah was shocked to learn from his visiting brother, who lived in Judah, that the wall and gates of the city had still not been rebuilt from their destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BC, well over a century earlier (Nehemiah 1:1-3). Nehemiah wept, mourned, fasted, and prayed for several days about the fallen condition of the city (verses 4-6). In Bible times, a city without a wall was defensless. Nehemiah felt compelled to do something about the city where God had chosen to place His name and Temple. But Nehemiah needed God to direct his next steps. In his prayer of intercession for his fellow Jews, Nehemiah confessed that they had sinned greatly, and had refused to obey God's commandments (verse 7). However, God had promised through Moses that if Israel departed from God but then returned to Him, He would restore them to their Promised Land (verses 8-9; see aso Deuteronomy 4:25-31). The Jews in Persia, and in Judah, had repented of their sins and returned to God as a result of the Captivity. Therefore, Nehemiah laid claim to the promise of God to reestablish them in Jerusalem. Nehemiah saw the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem as essential to this promise.
[For Pesonal Reflection] What promises of God can help you better understand His plans for your life?
GOD'S PEOPLE UNITE ( NEHEMIAH 2:9-18)
Faith is an important key to knowing and following God's plan for our lives, but we must not overlook other areas of importance. We must prepare ourselve to both recognize His will and to follow His plan. This comes through a commitment to prayer and knowledge of His Word. In a similar way, we prepare by being faithful in what God gives us to do every day, even as we look forward to future direction from Him. How are you prearing yourself to walk in the will of God? Are you willing to follow the big tasks? Are you willing to be faithful in the small things as well? Pray for the strength and understanding to follow God in all things and at all times.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 99 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil