Our reading challenge for the day is Nehemiah 1-4. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Nehemiah 1 - Nehemiah’s prayer of repentance for his people has many similarities to Ezra’s in chapter 9. We pray for God to have mercy on us, all of us, for we are all unfaithful to him.
Nehemiah 2 - At royal command Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem to build the walls. He spends some time alone reflecting on the need. He also finds opposition. We can ask ourselves whether God wishes to do his will through us. The answer is always “Yes.”
Nehemiah 3 - The residents of Jerusalem are invested in rebuilding the wall. Many of them are working on areas near their homes and businesses.
Nehemiah 4 - As opposition and danger arises the people continue their work, keeping themselves armed and ready to defend against attack. This vigilance, though difficult, is necessary for all of us. In trying times we work toward the goals God has given, trusting him and at the same time being willing and ready to change our tactics.