In chapel Monday, we came to the final message in our Faithful series from the book of Nehemiah. It was my privilege to walk through the book, highlighting key verses and points that we have learned throughout our study this year.
Over and over in the book of Nehemiah we see a key theme, found later in the New Testament: “If we are faithless, God remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). Despite the people’s unfaithfulness, we see the faithfulness of God: “But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” (Neh. 9:17b).
As we conclude the study of Nehemiah, I want to leave you with two key points of application:
- The book highlights the Old Testament cycle of sin, judgment, repentance: repeat. This is really the cycle of humanity. We are prone to spiritual laziness if we are not daily spending time with the Lord through His Word and prayer and surrounding ourselves with godly influences. We need to recognize this cycle when we see it in our lives and avoid it by striving to live a life that is pleasing to God.
- The Book of Nehemiah leaves us longing for more. If it were a movie, we would not like the ending. We would think it should have ended with chapter 12 because chapter 13 frustrates us, as it should. The ending is disappointing, but it is honest. It reveals to us the helplessness of the people — like you and me — and our need for a hero, our Savior.
The book of Nehemiah points us forward to a greater Nehemiah and a greater Jerusalem. In these days of uncertainty, may we focus on Jesus Christ, our living hope. May we commit to living a life that is firmly founded on the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.