Scripture: Nehemiah 8-10. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
When Nehemiah had returned to Jerusalem, he saw that the people had broken lives. Nehemiah had gathered the people together to listen to Ezra read God’s laws, and people repented and promised to change their lives for the better. Through it all, God continued to be with His people. The wall had been completed, and the covenant God had made with His people was restored. Follow along in Nehemiah 8-10!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Bible holds many valuable lessons that we can apply to our daily lives. No matter what our roles are in life, God can use each and every one of us for the betterment of His kingdom. God will accomplish His purposes through us. The people were pretty upset when Ezra read God’s laws, and they realized how far they were from obeying Him. Thankfully, our God is a very loving and forgiving, merciful Father, and He wants what is best for each of us. When we ask for His forgiveness, He does forgive us. We can always look back at our lives, remembering what God has done for us. Also, we must thank Him daily for His continuing work to protect us and providing for our needs. Reviewing our past can also help us to learn to improve our behaviors, attitudes, and habits so that we can become the kind of person that God has intended. When God blesses us, it should make us very thankful instead of feeling self-sufficient and forgetful of the One who created and loves us beyond imagination. We must do our best in life to follow and obey God wholeheartedly, always giving God our first of our time and our best of everything. He deserves to be the number one priority in our lives.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Nehemiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.