THE STORY OF JESUS: Nehemiah 9-10
“We are slaves today, in the land you gave our ancestors.” (Nehemiah 9:36)
The bible is the story of God’s love for His stubborn children.
In times of need or crisis we cry out for help.
But when we’re doing well, we forget God, or keep Him at a distance.
Living without God leads to hardship and misery.
Think of the prodigal son, free to live as he pleased.
And he ends up among the pigs destitute and hopeless.
Yet not quite hopeless… there’s still the Father.
Like Nehemiah in this prayer, like the prodigal son, we can go back.
God does not give up on us, even when we give up on Him.
Where am I right now in my relationship with the Lord?
Am I clinging to Him for help, or trying to go it alone?
Life in this world is impossible without God as our partner.
Whatever we pursue instead will enslave us, and ruin our lives.
Thankfully, even then, we can still turn back, and He will welcome us!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, ‘prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Your courts above