Church family,

I trust you are having a good week in Christ! In my personal scripture reading, I am currently reading through Nehemiah. I was especially drawn to the content of chapters 8 & 9. In these chapters is recorded the people of Israel being read the Word of God, confessing their sin, and worshiping the Lord. You see, they had ceased to obey and honor God and His Word. They had drifted away from acknowledging and honoring Him.

Nehemiah, the governor, and Ezra, the priest and scribe, called the people back to the Word of God. As they gathered together to hear the Word of God, its power was evident in their response. Yes, they mourned and confessed their sin, but they also worshiped the Lord. They again acknowledged who He was and what He had done for them. Chapter 9 records a testimony of God’s provision, patience, grace, and mercy as they recalled their history.

Perhaps you have drifted from the things of God – His Word, worship, and devotion. Let me encourage you to read and reflect on the truths in Nehemiah 9. Take note of what it tells us about man and God. There is quite a contrast. Perhaps you, like I, can reflect upon your own history. Yes, I can see my failures, but I can also see the faithful love of God displayed in His mercy and grace. It gives me reason to praise and worship!

Nehemiah 9:5-6 (ESV) Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

As your pastor, let me exhort you to reflect, repent, and worship the Lord! He alone is worthy!

Walking with you,

Pastor Brian