It was late autumn, Nehemiah was at the fortress of Susa. His brother Hanani along with some others, came to visit him. They had just came from Judah so Nehemiah asked them how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to him, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When Nehemiah heard those words, he sat down and wept. He mourned for many days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
This was what Nehemiah prayed to God:
- He began with praising God for His greatness. Thanking Him for His awesomeness and how He keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands.
- He confessed not only his own sins but the sins of his family and the sins of Israel.
- He began to call out their sins of disobedience to the commands, decrees, and regulations that God had given to Moses.
God had told Moses that if he was unfaithful to Him, He would scatter them among the nations. But, if they returned to God and obeyed His commands, then even if they were exiled to the ends of the earth, God would bring them back to the place He had chosen for His name to be honored.
This brings us back to our title: All of the if’s, and’s, or then’s.
Where are you today? Not, where are you physically, but where are you in your relationship with Christ? Grace is a wonderful thing. It has forgiveness attached to it. Read closely.
IF: we confess our sins before Jesus Christ…
AND: turn from our sin…
THEN: no matter where we are in this moment, He will forgive us!
In the 17 years of walking with Christ, I have many times found myself where Nehemiah was. Wandered away, pulled away, snatched away, ran away, it’s all still AWAY!
Are you away from Jesus? Follow the if’s, and’s, and then’s.
Till next time!