Monday it was my privilege to continue our Faithful series from the book of Nehemiah, speaking again from my library in the Stevens Student Center. We miss having the music to prepare our hearts, but we trust the Lord to remove distractions and help us to focus on His Word.

We came to Nehemiah chapter 12, looking at verses 27-47. Here we find the culmination of the story of Nehemiah. Ezra has rebuilt the temple. Nehemiah has built the wall. The people who were once exiled, held captive in a land where they did not want to be, have been brought back to their home. But the story is about so much more than a building or a wall or the people. It’s about worshipping and giving glory to the almighty, sovereign God who so richly deserves it.

We studied three key points in the passage:

  1. Preparation for Celebration (27-30)
  2. Procession for Celebration (31-43)
  3. Provision for Continued Celebration (44-47)

Like the people of Israel who had been living in a vulnerable city with an uncertain future, we find ourselves in difficult days, in situations where we don’t want to be. Yet, God was faithful to His people Israel, and He will be faithful to us. I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to be thankful no matter what. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we have much to be thankful for. Our focus should be on our Savior, not on our circumstances. And, Lord willing, we look forward to being back together again soon, celebrating and giving God all the glory.

Dr. White speaking from library