God First

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 10:1-39 Nehemiah 10 provides us with the details of the covenant the Israelites entered into with God. The people commit “to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord and his rules and his statutes” (vs. 29)....

Right With God

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 9:1-38 Nehemiah 9 gives us a glimpse of the Israelites observing a time of fasting and confessing to God. In addition to the humble, submitted posture and approach of the people, I was drawn to the picture of worship that was displayed...

Focused On, Following and Delighting In

Focused On, Following and Delighting In Today’s reading: Nehemiah 8:13-18 As we finish out Nehemiah 8, God’s Word continues to be the central focus of the people. After spending the first gathering day listening as a large group to the reading of...

Affective Word

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 8:9-12 Yesterday I wrote about how I was motivated and convicted by the scene of Nehemiah 8:1-8–the gathering of all the people to listen to the reading of Scripture for the better part of one day. And that happened to me again...

Our Focus and Foundation

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 8:1-8 One of my favorite passages in Nehemiah is Nehemiah 8:1-8 because of how it highlights the importance of God’s Word and our need to know and understand it. The picture that came to mind from reading this passage was moving...