THURSDAY August 17, 2017
Walking in Obedience
And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son. - >Nehemiah 12:44-45
In the past, the nation of Israel had sinned against God. The Scriptures record for us their constant decline and apostasy. Their disobedience had been an ongoing problem. They would say, but they would not do! God’s people never obeyed Deuteronomy 6 and Deuteronomy 28-30. Neither did they listen to Joshua’s exhortation he gave towards the end of his life (Joshua 22-24).
All the way through the book of Judges, Israel fell into a terrible cycle of sin. In 1 and 2 Samuel, Israel rebelled. They did not want to be governed by God; they wanted a king to rule over them like the other nations. Even during the history of 1 and 2 Chronicles, God’s people would not listen to His Word; neither would they keep their covenant with God.
In the book of Nehemiah, God’s people had taken new steps of dedication; they began to walk in obedience with their God. After being out of fellowship with the Lord, God’s people had returned. Remember, they had not heard the Word of the Lord for so long, and publicly there had been no prayer within the congregation. Now, all of a sudden, by the Holy Spirit, they had come to a place of great conviction.
In what condition is your relationship with the Lord? Do you find yourself in a place of disobedience? If you are not reading God’s Word or praying, it is time to take the necessary steps to return to church. As you hear God’s Word once more, the Holy Spirit will convict you and do a new work in your life. Then you can begin again to walk in obedience with your God.
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth;
shall you not know it?
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