Day 35 Monday, Mar. 30th
5 Then my God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who were the first to come back, and I found the following written in it:
6 These are the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried into exile; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town.
A GREAT GATHERING
The walls and gates of Jerusalem are now restored. And, just as the gates were set in place, so too does Nehemiah make certain that the city’s leadership and protective force are set in place to serve. Having done much to meet the basic human needs of safety, shelter and sustenance, Nehemiah now turns his attention to his ultimate objective. Never was the rebuild of Jerusalem focused on reestablishing the city for the mere sake of revitalizing a place. The ultimate objective behind the work was to restore both the city and its people to their Lord and their God. Just as a survey of the wall was done before a single brick was laid or a single beam was set in place, so too does God call Nehemiah to survey his people from leaders to the laity.
Like the people of ancient Jerusalem, you have done a great work over the past several weeks. You’ve grown more, perhaps, than you imagined you could. Whether you’ve been focused on familial relationships, friendships, your faith, or whatever you’ve been lifting to the Lord in this season, you have seen change. The change, however, is not merely intended for you to experience a personal best in some area of your life, but it is ultimately to allow for the purposes of God to be fulfilled and manifested throughout your life. What God desires for us is the same thing the Lord desired for Jerusalem of old, that we would be fully restored to him, and that through us those to whom we are connected and in community would likewise be fully restored and blessed.
- What growth or progress are you able to identify in your life with regard to your Lenten focus?
- What, for you, was at the root of the change you’ve experienced?
- How might you apply what you’ve learned and what the Lord has developed in you to other areas of your life where growth and transformation are needed?
LET US PRAY
Lord God, thank you for seeing beyond where I am and how I am into the promised future you have for me. Help me to wholeheartedly embrace your plans for my life, trusting all that you do is for my good.