Reflection: Nehemiah loved God, his people, and his city Jerusalem. Even though he lived far away, these passions were in his heart. He had a huge trust in God, and believed that God would be with his people as they sought to rebuild the city he had given them. “The God of heaven will give us success” (Neh 2:20) was the firm belief he lived by. Nehemiah was a prayerful man, as demonstrated by the opening of the book: before he approached the king with his desire to rebuild Jerusalem, he prayed an intercessory prayer for
Israel (Neh 1:5-11). Nehemiah was a leader of people, and encouraged others by telling them what God had done for him: that the king let him free to return and rebuild Jerusalem, and moreover, sent assistance. Nehemiah stands as an amazing example of faithfulness and perseverance.
Question: Which elements of Nehemiah’s character and life encourage and inspire you? His dedication to prayer? His encouraging leadership? Or his unshakeable trust that God will give them success in their endeavour to return to him?
Prayer: Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with us in Jesus: thank you that you love us, that you have redeemed us. Thank you for your
grace towards us in Jesus, that you do not punish us as our sins deserve. Help us be like Nehemiah, and all the other Bible people we have been reading about. Help us to live in faithfulness to you. Amen.
We have been reading the Bible with Karen Mudge, Tomorrow we begin a new series, “Lament” by Melissa Lipsett.