Nehemiah 9:17 But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. (ESV).
In Nehemiah, the people of Israel are coming before God, repenting of their sin and sharing with God all the wondrous things he has done for them. They remember how God created the heavens and the earth (v6), how he chose Abram (v7) and how he eventually saved them from the hands of the Egyptians who enslaved them (v9). And it reminded me of how good God has been to us. Even though He has given us everything through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, we are sometimes slow to wake up and praise him in the morning.
Although this is the recording of the events of a specific people, we too are the people of verse 16 & 17a. “But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders you performed amon them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.” We sometimes forget the wondrous things God has done for us and we want to return to the life we had before God. We look to head back into the life, sin and darkness that held us and surrounded us. We forget that we are to humble ourselves before our heavenly father. We forget to turn to him. We forget that He is the king of our world and we are his sons and daughters and servants.
Yet God! “a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them” (v17b). Our God is a good God. Perhaps you haven’t spent time with your heavenly father for a little bit here. Perhaps life has gotten too busy and you’ve forgotten you have a heavenly father who loves you! God is good, merciful and abounding in love. He does not forget you. He will not turn away from us if we just turn once again back to him and call upon His name. If we humble ourselves and call on Him, surely he will come to us quickly again and dwell with us. Friends, may we call on His mighty and holy name once again! Jesus Come!
Question of the day: Have you spent time with our heavenly father today? Do you feel you are able to come back to Him?
Prayer of the day: “Father, thank You for forgiving my sins and for Your assurance that no one is too sinful to be forgiven.”
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