Daily Scripture & Questions

Nehemiah 11-13; Psalm 126 The good work continues with the people now populating the newly protected city.  The celebration of the dedication of the wall is exciting, but then chapter 13 hits.  Into what old patterns did things fall back?  The high priest, Eliashib, certainly didn’t maintain high standards (13:4-9, 28-29).  What is the reminder from this chapter about our follow-through on commitments made to God?  We don’t know the original context of Psalm 126, but how does it fit well with the circumstances of Nehemiah 11-13?   

Family Devotions—Scripture & Questions

Read Nehemiah 13:1-9. What did Eliashib, the high priest, do wrong? Are you making room for things in your life that really shouldn’t be there? Would Nehemiah (or Jesus) be angry and cleanse the temple of your life?  

Biblical Prayer Focus

Psalm 86:16-17 “Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”

Ask God for the strength you need in order to do what He has asked you to do today. Seek Him and rejoice in the signs He has given you that He knows your situation and will help you through them.