“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” 2 Peter 1:3
Bible Reading: Nehemiah 6-8
Weekly Memory Verse: Philippians 2:3-5 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglorious; but in low lines of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Hymn of the Week: The Corinthian Song – Sam Robson
LISTEN HERE: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1_E7_EvtCVo
The people are gathered together in one place, and you as their leader are asked to meet to discuss possible problems in a distant town. The request is made for you to leave the people and to come alone to a town on accusations based on speculation.
You now have a choice. Leave the people and give attention to the problem proposed away from your security and safety or stay and ignore the issue that has been told to you. What would you do?
Nehemiah had to face the same circumstances in Nehemiah 6. With the Jews starting to rebuild Jerusalem, there was promise of a thriving people where God would protect them once again and dwell where His people dwelled! However, throughout their own history, the nation was never short of enemies. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem had devised a plan to lure out Nehemiah from Jerusalem by sending false messages to plead for a meeting in a distant village. They wanted to kill Nehemiah and destroy any hope the Jews had! Through Nehemiah’s wisdom, he denies their offer FOUR TIMES and even once more from a written letter expressing the ‘grievous’ conditions of the people nearby. He saw that deception was in every word given to him and he states in verse 11 “Should such a man as I flee?” Nehemiah knew exactly the intentions of these men and refused to meet anywhere with these men!
I think briefly that we go through life and don’t seriously consider the effects of the actions and choices we make in life. Many choices in my past I regret and still regret, but I can never change those happenings in my life! I focused so much on the present pleasure or the small gain from doing things in haste without giving any thought to patience or waiting by thinking things out before I take action. It’s embarrassing to go through this process! Nehemiah made a mature decision and reflected on the fact that God had led His people from captivity safely and in rebuilding the temple He provided and in rebuilding the walls He protected them! He knew where God would take care of all the workings of the people because it was in accordance to what God willed! I reflect on myself and consider, would I of even stopped to know that God would take care of me? Would I be wise enough to know the difference between the truth or deceit? Do I even consider how much God has provided, is providing, and WILL provide for me in the future?! How different would life be if I stopped and considered to myself, “How would God respond to what I am about to do?” Just some brief thoughts today under this old tree…