Nehemiah 9:32a “And now, our God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships we have suffered seem insignificant to you.”
Proof of God’s grace and mercy lies throughout the pages of the Old Testament. In spite of Israel’s great promises to walk in the ways of the Lord, they always fell short sometimes even to the point of suffering the punishment of exile.
But God, in His unfailing love for His people, would bring them back when they repented of their sins and followed His commands. What a great and mighty and awesome God! Nehemiah, burdened for his people, asks the king to let him return and rebuild Jerusalem. Even though there were setbacks and threats, Nehemiah was able to complete the job.
God delivers the same grace and mercy to us. When we stray, we suffer separation from God. When we repent, He welcomes us back with open arms. It is important that we remember the times of separation so that we remain obedient and stay in His presence.
We sometimes take Your grace and mercy for granted knowing that You offer forgiveness freely. However, we should intentionally be obedient to Your Word as best we can in order to receive the blessings You have promised. Amen.