Your kids do in fact hear you! When you get instructions, what you or what you speak over them. You may feel like the don’t listen but when they are faced with situations your voice will be in their head leading them in the choices they make. Esther was raised by Mordecia and even when He wasn’t around she still heard his voice in her head.
It’s not enough for us to know what is in the Bible (though we should) we need to understand it’s meaning. After Nehemiah and the Jews completed the wall they had a time of rejoicing with a feast and reading the book of the law. But the leaders didn’t just read it they explained the meaning as well.
The enemy hates the move of God and will stop at nothing to cease what the Lord is doing through people. The enemies of the Jews hated the wall of Jerusalem being built. The first tried to stop the group from rebuilding and when that didn’t work they went after Nehemiah the leader. If they could take out Nehemiah surely they could stop the wall from being built. Satan is the same way. He hates the move of God and if he can’t stop it as a whole he will go after those who are leading the charge
Nehemiah and the Jews not only faced opposition but they pushed through it! When God gives us a task it doesn’t mean it is going to be easy but are WE willing to push through and see it to full fruition?
If you spend any time at all with the Lord He will start to burden your heart for a people group, or city, country, social injustice, SOMETHING! Nehemiah was burdened for his people in Judah and the state they were in. He didn’t wait around for someone else to do something about it He asked God to use him. God burden your heart for a reason so JUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! 😀
Devotion: Facing Opposition
When you do God’s will you WILL face opposition. The people of Judah faced opposition just by saying no to a group of people. Don’t be surprised, most likely opposition will come but what are you going to do when it happens?
The Jews in Ezra’s time had experienced God’s anger but most of all his love that endures forever. Through their disobedience, captivity, and coming back to the promise land they experienced God was with them and loved them no matter what. Even when God was angry for good reason it didn’t last but what did last through it all was His love for them. God is the same way with us. Even when we do things that he absolutely hates he still loves us and that last way past anything else he feels or thinks towards us.
God’s timing is perfect and when what He has spoken over you is ready nothing will stop it. God told the people of Judah that after 70 years in exile he would bring them back to their native country. When the 70 years was up God did it in the most incredible way through a unlikely source.
To live a life pleasing to the Lord is important and to walk the walk of a Jesus follower is super important as well but to teach others about Jesus those are not enough we have to be deliberate about Talking and teaching about God and His word.
2 Chronicles 17
The Lord Searches the Earth looking for a heart fully devoted to him. King Asa started out his reign fully committed to God but along the way his heart turned. He asked another king to help him in battle instead of God like he once did. The Lord is still today looking for a heart fully committed to him
2 Chronicles 16