January 10, 2020

Nehemiah 1:8-9

8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 

We are in the middle of Nehemiah’s prayer after he learned that his holy city of Jerusalem lies in ruins. He has confessed to both the reality of who God is, and the sins of his family and people. Now he again turns his attention towards God – reminding Him of His promises. If God’s people return to obedience, it won’t matter how far they have been scattered and exiled. God will gather them back to himself and give them a home.

What Nehemiah is saying in this portion of the prayer is, “we are ready to obey, and we’re ready to be called home.” Beyond that, he’s saying, “You’ve promised to call us back. It’s time to keep your promise.”

That promise of God to Nehemiah is true for you as well. Where do you find yourself this morning in your relationship with God? Do you feel scattered to the edges of his will? Do you need to turn towards obedience, and listen for his call to bring you back home?

Wherever you are this morning, will you take a minute to express to God your readiness to obey? Today, listen for signs of God’s invitation. See if you can discern what direction home is. My prayer for you is that you find the strength to continue the journey homeward, no matter how far it might be. 

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