OVERVIEW: Nehemiah went back to Babylon, but on his eventual return to Jerusalem he discovered Israel was no longer living for God. He made quick reforms to strengthen Israel’s spiritual walls.
BIG IDEA: Beware of the slow creep of compromise.
KEY VERSE: Nehemiah 13:10–11 (Nehemiah reports)
I also discovered that the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields. I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, “Why has the Temple of God been neglected?” Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am speaking to you all the time. Hear my voice and obey. Don’t be distracted by all the surrounding noise and attractions that compete for your attention. It’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of security, believing everything is okay or that you have no need to watch where you go or what you say. I want to protect you from that lie and lead you in a healthier, safer direction. Keep your eyes on me. Seek me each day and throughout the day, and you will find me.
Don’t live life on your own. I made you to be part of a community. Not only do I want you to learn from others who love you and live with you, but I want you to invest in them as well. You are part of a body, and you need one another. Your strengths will support others, and their strengths will overcome your weaknesses. Be the church I have called you to be so that you shine brightly in the world.
Keep moving forward in your commitment to follow God. Invite others to come alongside and help you. Ask them to evaluate which area of your life you may need to improve.