On Monday, we hosted the largest visit event in Cedarville’s history. More than 1,000 prospective students and their families joined us in chapel as we continued our Faithful series from the book of Nehemiah, this week coming to chapter 9.

Have you ever needed a mirror? Maybe you’re like me: When I wake up in the morning, my hair is going several different directions. I need a good mirror so I can see what I need to fix.

We also need a good mirror for our soul. How often when we look at ourselves spiritually, do we overlook things we need to fix? The Bible, the mirror for our soul, shows us who God is and who we truly are.

In Nehemiah 9, we read one of the greatest prayers in all of Scripture. Here, we get a glimpse of the graciousness and mercy of God. The people were exiled because of their rebellion, but God is ready to forgive them. In this prayer, Nehemiah is confessing what he knows to be true about God, and he also confesses what he knows to be true about himself: God is good, and we are not. He is the promise-keeping God to a promise-breaking people.

In this passage, we learn 10 truths about God that reveal His goodness:

  1. God discloses His uniqueness (5-6).
  2. God created the heavens and earth (6).
  3. God keeps His promises (7-8).
  4. God saves His people (9-11).
  5. God cares for His people (12-15).
  6. God is good, and we are not (16-18).
  7. God sustains His people (19-21).
  8. God gives generously (22-25).
  9. God models mercy and patience (26-31).
  10. God reveals His righteousness (32-37).

Every day I need a mirror where I can examine my condition to realize that my soul is in far worse shape than my hair, and I am in desperate need of a Savior. I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to be in Scripture every morning to see His reflection clearly in the mirror of His Word.

Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 9 together and discover that God is good, and we are not.

Dr. White speaking in chapel