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
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 that came back from exile were eager to worship God that they didn’t let the fact that they didn’t have a building to worship in or people disliking them and what they were doing. We as a people need to Just Worship!
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
It’s so important that the younger generation listens to the older generation. There would be a lot less mistakes made if the advice of the older wiser generation was heeded. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son made a big mistake by not listening to the older generation and ended up with with a portion of the kingdom instead of the whole kingdom.
2 Chronicles 10
It when you know you shouldn’t sin so you only do it a little bit or only in a certain area but honor God in other areas. Solomon knew he should not have married foreign wives but he did it any way. Solomon did have his limits and convictions so he was sinning but only so far.
2 Chronicles 8