Day 4 Wednesday
Title: How Could We Let This Happen?
Text: Nehemiah 1:5-7
Thought for the Day:
During his days of weeping and mourning, Nehemiah fasted and prayed. These verses give us a glimpse into the prayers of Nehemiah. Note that Nehemiah doesn’t shake his fist at God and shout, “How could you let this happen?” Instead, he realizes that the people of Israel have brought this upon themselves. His prayer acknowledges that God is the one who keeps the covenant and steadfast love of his people. He is one who is consistent and reliable. It is they, and Nehemiah himself, who have sinned and acted corruptly. Rather than seeing the Israelites as victims, he realizes that they, and he, are in fact perpetrators as he takes full responsibility.
If our churches are struggling, where should we place the responsibility? Has God failed us and not fulfilled His promises to us? Should He take responsibility for our weakened state? Or should we recognize our complicity and hold ourselves accountable? Perhaps today is the day to enter into true repentance, confession and intercession, following the example of Nehemiah.
Pray through this Thought for the Day as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen.