Nehemiah: Restoring the Vision
The people of Judah had every kind of weight and distraction keeping them from going about the work of God's Kingdom. They were exiled. Their nation and its capital were a laughingstock before the nations. Generation after sinful generation had weakened and corrupted any worship and loyalty to the God of their ancestors. Yet, the story of Nehemiah is the story of God moving in His people to restore a vision for His glory because of who He is and what He would do among them.
As we face similar challenges--pandemic, economic factors, racial and social tensions, personal sin--God is calling us to look to who He is and what He has done for us. If we are going to move forward in the mission of God, it’s going to require that we step out in faith. It’s going to require that we put aside the distractions and the weights and restore the vision of discipleship and of reaching our neighbors for Christ.