Nehemiah 4: The Connection of Real Life and God

Nehemiah 4, I believe, is an excellent  example of how for the Christian, the real world – what happens here and now, on the ground (so to speak)- is directly connected to God and the spiritual realm, and how we need to lean on God and involve God in our lives in a very real way, in light of this.

(cross-posted on Tumblr)

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July 21, 2014 (Monday) – Malachi 1:6-14

Today I read Malachi 1:6-14. It concerns how the priests of Israel had disdained and dishonoured God by offering Him polluted offerings. Highlighted here is the glory of God, where “my name will be feared among the nations” is said repeatedly by God along with Him referencing that He is a great King. This struck me. Not in my heart, but in my mind I knew that I had not abided by God’s message here. How many times in my life, even when I’m closest to God, has God just been in the background? An accessory to my life? Yeah, I mutter out some prayers but there’s no life or love or reverence in said prayers, just a quick “yeah yeah, I’m paying attention to you God, whatever.” Shame on me for that. God is a great King, and He deserves our utmost. Continue reading