Day 33 Friday, Mar. 27th
17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah’s letters came to them. 18 For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah son of Arah: and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berechiah. 19 Also they spoke of his good deeds in my presence, and reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.
THE TIES THAT BIND
The enemies of Jerusalem tenaciously try to retain a foothold in the city by seeking to maintain key connections established through marital ties. Both Tobiah and his son married into Jewish families of prominence. Tobiah makes use of these family connections to keep his name in Nehemiah’s ear and on his mind. Although much of the restorative work to the wall has already been done, Tobiah yet holds out hope that he can do something, no matter how small, to undermine Nehemiah.
We are wired to be in relationship, and it is through our network of relationships that we will live out our purpose. Nevertheless, all of the relationships into which we have and one day may enter are not necessarily easy to navigate. There are multiple dynamics brought into our relational exchanges by each of us. Some of these factors are good, but others are not. Still, no matter what levels of ease or compatibility we may or may not experience, all our relationships should be predicated on the ultimate relationship which can only be found in our God and our Lord. As we move ahead, we should evaluate our interactions and relationships with others in light of what the Lord is calling for from us and desires to do with and through us. Is the way in which we are managing our relationships frustrating or fulfilling God’s plan and purpose? Do any of the connections that we’ve formed require rewiring, rerouting or disconnecting all together? There is no relationship that you and I enjoy that should ever overshadow or interfere with the relationship we are to have with the Lord. Let us lift our relational ties to the Lord so that they will not be ties that bind us, but ties through which we all are blessed.
- Is there a relationship in which you are presently engaged that has caused you to question God’s purpose for you in the midst of it?
- Are there any relationships in which you are engaged that the Lord is calling for you to make changes?
- What benefit might you derive from presenting your relationships before the Lord?
LET US PRAY
Lord God, it is you who created us to be in relationship. We thank you for the gifts of family, friends, and community. Help us to cultivate each one with a mind toward bring you glory in all that we say, share and do with one another.