I have been reading through Nehemiah for the last two weeks, and today I read the last chapter. What a disappointment! After 12 chapters of wonderful spiritual revival in Israel, the whole thing begins to go downhill. It is so hard to keep going, and so easy to let things slide.
Don Carson writes:
“People do not drift towards holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate towards godliness, prayer, obedience to scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift towards compromise and call it tolerance; we drift towards disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide towards godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
This time of enforced seclusion could prove to be a huge spiritual blessing to us, but only if we choose the way of discipline, trust and obedience. We must pray for each other that we grow through this experience, rather than decline.
‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…’ Hebrews 12:2
Stay close to Christ Jesus!