Nehemiah 11:1-12:26; 1 Corinthians 10:14-33;
Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 21:14-16
The Israelites are determined to experience reformation. Sometimes, reformation includes disrupting one's normal life situation. As we read today, lots are cast to see who will leave their homes in the farmlands and countryside to reoccupy Jerusalem. These people, who willingly made this sacrifice to reoccupy Jerusalem, were commended by both the people and by God for this sacrifice. Their names are listed in the book of Nehemiah for a record through all of eternity. Do you realize that when you make a sacrifice for God as a result of your reformed life, it is recorded for all of eternity? Let this book of Nehemiah remind you of that truth!
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Paul is continuing his lesson on fleeing from idols. He just recounted how the ancient Israelites who wandered and died in the desert were examples to all of us on how not to approach God. They gave into temptation and worshiped idols.
Paul summarizes by saying that he tries to please everyone in everything he does. He tries to think of other people first. He does what is best for them, in order that they may be saved. Please note that Paul is not pleasing others to gain their favor. He is acting this way to please God and save souls. Paul's motivation here is key.
Do you think how your actions may affect others? Do you put other people ahead of yourself?
I love this verse, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit." vs. 18
Justice is joy to the righteous. Yes, how many people yearn for justice on earth!
What did you notice today? Please share.