Day 2 Monday
Title: Reality Check
Text: Nehemiah 1:1-3
Thought for the Day:
Nehemiah, a Jew in exile, has risen to a position of authority in the capital city of Susa in the service of a foreign king, Artaxerxes I. Deeply concerned about his people, the Jews, and their city, Jerusalem, he has occasion to conduct an assessment. The news is not good. The people are described as being in great trouble and shame, and Jerusalem is virtually in ruins with its defensive wall broken down and its gates destroyed by fire.
Nehemiah has conducted a reality check and the reality is sobering. The people of God are struggling and the city that is the heart of their religious life, the home of the temple, is in a very weak and declined state. As the book of Nehemiah unfolds, we see that Nehemiah is deeply concerned about the “church” and that he moves to take action.
What about your church? What does a reality check reveal about the condition of the people of God who are the congregation and about the condition of your church’s ministry? Are the wall and gates down? Is the ministry in a weakened or declined state? Are you concerned? Are you ready to move into action?
Pray through this Thought for the Day as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen.