The Goodness and Greatness of God (Nehemiah 8-10)

17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.[f] But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. Nehemiah 9:17

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what is pressing me that I lose sight of who is to be in charge of my life. This morning was about to be one of those days, but thanks be unto God for His Word which pointed me back to who is in charge of my life.

Honestly, when I came to my Bible I was feeling like the description given by God concerning Israel, “we are under distress.” But praise be unto God for the truth of God’s Word which reminded me of this truth:

GOD IS NEVER IN DISTRESS

This truth was so clear from our core passage for today. Nehemiah 9 gives us a first hand account of the prayer offered by the Levites (9:4) as they stood before the gathered congregation in Jerusalem. Ezra and his team were reading and explaining the Law of God (8:8). As they read the people began to cry and to confess their sin. As they confessed their sin, God brought comfort and joy into their hearts. In chapter 9 the prayers of the Levites began.

As we read those prayers we see both the greatness and goodness of God.

Here are 6 examples of the goodness of God:

  • He keeps His promises (9:8).
  • He is ready to forgive and abounds in mercy (9:17).
  • He never forsakes His people (9:19).
  • He delivers His people (9:27).
  • He did not destroy His people (9:31).
  • He is always righteous (9:33).

At the same time, I can see my unfaithfulness because I am sometimes like those people who were disobedient by turning their backs on God’s Word (9:16). But praise be to God, when I confess my sin, He removes my sin and comforts my soul and spirit (Matt. 5:4).

This morning I can tell you how God has refreshed me in body, soul, and spirit. I never need to be in distress and neither do you. God is great and He is good. Each day we are called to dedicate ourselves to doing His will. His will is simple:

 walk in God’s Law that was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord and his rules and his statutes. , 10:29.

2 questions:

  1. What are the stressors in your mind and heart today?
  2. How can God’s greatness and goodness relieve what is stressing you?

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