Nehemiah 9:13 – “You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God is not arbitrary in the laws that He establishes. When we feel they are unjust, don’t sound right or that they are not good, it is only our poor perception and lack of understanding.
My Advice – Do not question God. He is just, good and righteous. Because of this you can be assured that His Word is just, good and righteous. If you think otherwise, ask Him to show you. Until He does, accept it on faith out of trust in Him.
Nehemiah 1:8, 9 – “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Let’s not put a limit on God’s ability to rescue and restore us. The horizon is as far as we can “see.” And no matter how much we move it never gets any closer. The farthest horizon is even further than that. But it is not so far that God cannot gather us back to Him. He can reach the farthest horizon.
My Advice – Never allow yourself to think that any sin is too great or too habitual for God to forgive. If you confess and repent, no matter how far you may have fallen, He will gather you back to Him. His reach is greater than the distance you could ever possibly fall.
Ezra 9:13, 15 – “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our guilt is great, and yet, our God, You have punished us less than our sins have deserved. O Lord, God of Israel, You are righteous!” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – How can He be righteous if He punishes us less than our sins deserve? Because the price paid by Christ on Calvary made mercy and justice compatible.
My Advice – Never forget that the price Jesus paid on the cross made God’s mercy and grace possible. The price tag was high and our appreciation needs to reflect the cost.
Ezra 9:9 – “God has not deserted us in our bondage.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When we are in “bondage,” it is natural for us to conclude that God has deserted us. But He will not take us where He will not sustain us.
My Advice – Whenever you feel oppressed or in “bondage,” look diligently for the Lord. He is right there with you. He has not deserted you. If you cannot find Him, perhaps it is time to consider whether it is you that have abandoned Him. All the more reason to seek Him out.
Ezra 2:69 – According to their ability they gave. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It really is true that to those who have been given much (talent, wealth, etc.), much is required.
My Advice – Do not judge what you give to the Lord by its quantity. Smaller quantities given are more of a sacrifice for those who have less to give in the first place. The gift is measured by the sacrifice not by the amount.
2 Chronicles 22:7 – “Stay close to the king.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Good advice. Whatever we do, wherever we go, we need to stay close to the King of kings and Lord of lords. If we see a gap opening up, we can be sure we are either not keeping in step with Him or we’ve moved away from Him.
My Advice – Maintain a close relationship with God. Avoid things that might harm the relationship or erode the intimacy. Stay in His Word, stay on your knees (prayer) and stay connected to His people (the church). These will help you maintain, and grow in, the relationship.
2 Chronicles 20:12 – “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Just like in sports (keep your eye on the ball) Our problems (errors) usually stem from the fact that we take our eyes off the Lord. Just like Peter, trying to walk on the water, we start to sink below the problems when we take our eyes off the Lord.
My Advice – Whether you think you know what to do or whether you are at a loss for what to do, keep looking up. That is the direction that the best answers will come from.