Good morning friends. Thanks for joining me on the third day of my series from the book of Nehemiah.
I feel like Nehemiah is one of the books in the Bible that often gets overlooked. However, it is full of principles that we can learn from and apply to our lives today. Yesterday I wrote about the importance of prayer, but another trait we can learn from Nehemiah is that he was repentant. This is seen in chapter 1: 6-7 when he confesses the sins of the children of Israel.
While being devastated over the tragedy that occurred in Jerusalem, Nehemiah took action and repented of Israel’s sins. Instead of having a “woe is me” attitude, Nehemiah confessed his sins, and took responsibility for their disobedience. He could have put the blame of their sin on someone else but he did not. He confessed and moved forward with a spirit of confidence and humility. God had given Nehemiah a mission, and repentance was a huge part in the restoration progress for Jerusalem.
Fast forward to our lives today. Think about your own life, and the people you encounter every day. As a nation, we are at one of the most pivotal times in our history. Unfortunately, our country as a whole is farther away from God than it has ever been. Confession and repentance towards Jesus Christ is not trendy. That being said, a lot of people are too prideful to show any type of humility at all, and this is true for both believers and non-believers.
When was the last time you have spent with Jesus praying and confessing to Him? He is a loving father who shows compassion and grace. He humbled Himself by dying on the cross for our sins, and we should live with that same attitude. No one is perfect. As Romans 3:23 states, “We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Although, as Nehemiah knew, to proceed in obedience with the Lord meant that he needed to repent. In order for us to guard the gates of our lives, we should repent daily.
Repentance is the gateway to the freedom and joy God desires for us. Nehemiah couldn’t move forward with his plans and life without it and neither can we.
Be sure to join in again on Thursday as I will discuss Nehemiah and his boldness. Until then, spend some time in prayer and read Nehemiah chapter 1 and enjoy soaking up the Word. I hope you all have a wonderful day!
To read previous posts in this series visit here.