PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Nehemiah 9-10
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“We are slaves today, in the land you gave our ancestors.” (Nehemiah 9:36)
The bible is the story of God’s love for a stubborn family.
In times of need or crisis we cry out for help.
But when we’re doing well, we forget God or keep 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 always 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 God.
Where am I right now in my relationship with the Lord?
Am I clinging to Jesus for help, or trying to go it alone?
Life in this world is impossible without the Lord as our partner.
Whatever we pursue instead will enslave us, and ruin our lives.
Thankfully, even then, we can still turn back, and we will be welcomed!
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