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Devotion Text
 

Nehemiah 1:4-6

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.”

As cupbearer to the king, Nehemiah had it made. But when he heard that his kinsmen were in “great trouble and disgrace” and that the protective wall of Jerusalem had been demolished, he sat down and wept. His great compassion led to mourning, fasting, and prayer. Nehemiah was a man who lived beyond himself. He was willing to leave the comfort of the palace in order to serve those in need.

Nehemiah’s prayer confirms the attributes of God. He is the Lord, the God of heaven and earth. He is great and awesome. And his love permeates everything he does. Nehemiah asked God to hear his prayer and do something about the great need in Israel. Nehemiah pleads for God’s forgiveness. Without making excuses he clearly conveys, “We have sinned against you.” Nehemiah is transparent and raw before God. And he is willing to be a major player in God’s plan.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to keep your heart tender to the things that God cares about. Ask for compassion to help those in need.
  • Ask God to give you the opportunity to be part of the solution. This is a bigger ask than simply, “God fix it.” We, like Nehemiah, need to be willing to allow God to use us.

Father, raise up my children to be willing to make personal sacrifices in order to build others up. Help me show them what that looks like. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Forgiving Others

Luke 19:47-48

Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. He spoke with authority. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. Truth punctuated each syllable. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. He wrapped truth in compassion. People knew He loved them. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. His message was transforming and life-changing. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. He gently taught little children. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. He boldly confronted the religious leaders. People hung on His words.

There was never a teacher like Jesus. His words are recorded for us in Scripture. Real. Raw. Powerful. Life-changing. Transforming. Read them and hang on His words.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word that is just as relevant today as it was when it sounded from Your lips 2,000 years ago. Lord, help me desire to read the Bible and hang on Your words. In Your name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Unshakable Faith

Luke 2:8-10
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Our journey together will focus on the Gospels — the first four books of the New Testament. “Gospel” means “good news.” Just as the angel brought the good news of Jesus to the shepherds, so Matthew, Mark, Luke and John declare the good news about Jesus from His birth to His glorious resurrection to His post-resurrection appearances.

Each writer aims his gospel to a particular audience for a particular reason. Over the next few days we will consider the writers and their purpose. Each man tells us about Jesus from a different perspective and records different aspects of Jesus’ life. The variety provides a rich and full account of Christ’s time on earth.

These writers hold nothing back. The Gospels document the real and raw response to Jesus. The disciples experienced doubt and failure. Some were confused by the Lord’s teaching. They competed for position. They denied Jesus and abandoned Him as He was arrested, beaten and finally crucified. One betrayed Him. Through the Gospels we see Jesus…and see ourselves.

Father, open my eyes to see Jesus in a fresh way through the Gospels. As I learn about Him, move me to know Him more intimately, love Him more passionately, and follow Him wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Samaria

Psalm 13  
For the director of music. A psalm of David

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD ’s praise, for he has been good to me.

David’s words are straight from the heart, real and raw. Where are You, Lord? How long will You turn Your back on me? How long do I have to try to figure this out on my own? My situation is desperate. My efforts are getting me nowhere. I am losing the battle. The match is all but finished. The referee is just about ready to raise my enemy’s hand declaring him the victor. If You don’t come soon, it’s going to be too late. My enemies are Your enemies. They are preparing to celebrate our defeat.

Maybe David just prayed your prayer. The good fight is wearing you out. Your runner’s legs are buckling long before the finish line. You are trying to keep the faith but feel it slipping away. You lost something you loved. Or received something you dreaded. You are begging God to come…soon! You don’t know how much longer you can hold on.

I don’t know your situation but I do know this: Hang on! Help is on the way! Keep trusting! His love will not fail you. Keep rejoicing! He is the One who saved you. Keep singing!  God gives good things to His children. Hang on! He is not finished with you. 

Father, my prayer is David’s prayer. I am losing my grip. I feel like I am ready to fall. Enemies surround me. Disease, brokenness, failure, disappointment, depression are coming straight at me preparing for—what feels like—a final assault. But I trust You. Please give me the strength to keep trusting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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