The Book of Nehemiah begins and ends with faith. Faith, no matter its size, can remove mountains and it can restore broken walls. Take this Journey to learn how to restore your city through prayer and God’s Word.
1-2On the first day of the seventh month, the people came together in the open area in front of the Water Gate. Then they asked Ezra, who was a teacher of the Law of Moses, to read to them from this Law that the LORD had given his people. Ezra the priest came with the Law and stood before the crowd of men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand. 3From early morning till noon, he read the Law of Moses to them, and they listened carefully. 4Ezra stood on a high wooden platform that had been built for this occasion. Read More
When people hunger for God’s Word, they will seek after it until it is revealed to them. Here, the people ask Ezra, the priest and teacher, to read God’s Word to them. Everyone, including those children who were old enough to understand, stood for at least half a day to hear the Word of God being read. In our communities, many worship services are carefully timed to include a few minutes of devotion, homily, and singing. Are we like the people of Nehemiah’s day, listening carefully to God’s Word? How would our lives be transformed if we were to spend more time listening to God speak to us through his Word?
The Scriptures tell us that we are blessed if we hunger and thirst for God’s Word (Matthew 5:6). We are fortunate that modern technology has given us myriad ways to access God’s Word—from MP3 players to the Internet to I-phones. All this, so God’s people can enter into God’s presence.
Could we stand before God for such a long period of time and yet be attentive to his Word? What distractions do you think we may fall victim to and how could we minimize their effect?
Have you ever experienced hunger for God’s Word? What action did you take? How will you respond when you discover that those in your own neighborhood are hungry for God’s truth?
Lord God, we listen for your voice in your Word. Help us to feed hungry people with daily bread, and to feed hungry hearts with your Word—the bread of life.
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