“They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them. “Even when they made a molded calf for themselves, And said, ‘This is your god That brought you up out of Egypt,’ And worked great provocations, Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go. You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, And gave them water for their thirst.”
Nehemiah 9:17-20 NKJV
The children of Israel are instructive to the modern day followers of Jesus. They are our forerunners, a type and shadow of our individual relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. They witnessed and experienced the most powerful moves of God in their lives from day to day, and still they so quickly forgot.
Time and time again, their disobedience lead to bondage and time again the Lord came to their rescue. Even now the stage is being set for the ultimate rescue of those He has elected, soon to played out on the world stage on the day of the Abomination of Desolation.
As I read through Nehemiah chapter nine, I was reminded of the incredible faithfulness of God. Humanity has the tendency to fall away from the Lord. Even we, those who have been born again, and in whom resides the Holy Spirit, have tremendous difficulty remaining faithful to our Faithful Father.
In that moment documented by Nehemiah, the children of Israel had come out of captivity, brought upon by their disobedience and promised to them before hand.
““Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone. And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul.”
Deuteronomy 28:64-65 NKJV
There are many of us who have found ourselves in captivity, falling into sinful lifestyles and behaviors that have taken us away from our life in Christ, and delivered us to the worship of foreign gods.
Though we may feel so far away, our Lord provides revival for those who have fallen away. Through the gift of His grace, we are not without hope.
In His word there is a path that leads back to Him, for we can be reminded of all that He has done for us. Nehemiah read through His prayer and reminded the children of Israel of all the Lord had done. Those of us who have remained in the faith, and even more so those who have returned, have a mission of reconciliation.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
I John 1:8-10 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us go out into the streets and byways, reaching out to those who have found themselves in captivity, seeking to bring to their minds remembrance of all the great things God has done. May we be a people, constantly reminding ourselves of God’s goodness, that we be quick to tell of the joy the Lord has brought us, even in the most difficult of times.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
I Peter 3:15-17 NKJV
There are many people out there who are hurting, who are looking for answers. May we be the ambassadors of the Lord for which we have been called. Let us focus on the manifold mercies of our great Savior Jesus, and live as if we are HIs.
The time is short and we do not have long. I have heard of many who are calling upon the name of the Lord, for the Holy Spirit is convicting people all over the world. I urge you brethren to use this time wisely, going out and boldly sharing the Gospel.
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