I love that God chose the Israelites to be his people. It gives me great hope for my imperfect ways and this imperfect world, because the Israelites were imperfect people too. Yet, God chose them, to show the world how immeasurable his love is. Just as he continues to love the Israelites, he continues to love you and me, no matter how far we’ve strayed or how strong the chains are that have held us captive to sin.
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
His love wants to free us from the inclinations of this imperfect flesh. He’s calling us out of captivity and into his kingdom.
Read Nehemiah chapter 1
Some of us, like Nehemiah, have heard God calling us back from a place of spiritual exile. And like Nehemiah, when we look around we see a broken world, full of troubled hearts, and we weep.
I have loved ones, very dear to me, who are not walking with the Lord. I see how the flesh holds them captive and I mourn. I want them to experience the love of Jesus and to know how glorious his kingdom is. I want them to join me in rebuilding the broken walls.
“…I continue fasting and praying before the God of heaven… who keeps covenant and steadfast love…”
Do you see the broken hearted? The people still living with great trouble and shame? Have you wept before the Lord for their restoration? For our restoration?
“God, remember your words… even if we are exiled to the ends of the earth… you will gather us… and Your Name will dwell with us… you have redeemed…”
Redeemed: to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.