Mondays with Nehemiah

Recalling God’s Story in my Life

The long chapter of Nehemiah 9 consists mostly of a prayer. “It is interesting that three of Israel’s great ‘national prayers’ are recorded in Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, and Daniel 9.” (a) And it’s interesting to me that the history of Israel is recalled in this prayer. God’s greatness, God’s goodness, and God’s grace to the nation of Israel are remembered.

Warren W. Wiersbe lists a few quotes in his book “Be Determined” that I found very helpful:

“History is His story.”
(Dr. Arthur T. Pierson)
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history
is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
(Aldous Huxley)
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”
(George Santayana)

What an interesting way to pray! To recall one’s history. In the midst of their recollection of their history, the people of Israel¬†say in verse 10b: “You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten.” And they continue to recall one story after the other, and they testify that God was always there for them. In verse 18b they say, “But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love.”

Again and again they confirm that God “did not abandon them.” Even when they rebelled against God, even when they did not follow God’s Law, “in His great mercy He sent them liberators who rescued them from their enemies.” (Nehemiah 9:27b)

And when I look at Israel’s story, their history in this chapter, I can’t but agree, that my story is so similar to theirs. I can totally see that God did not abandon me or my children. All of our lives He has been there! Even when I did not live according to God’s Word, even when I did not follow Him, He still loved me and cared for me!

This year is a year of milestones for me and my kids. And this chapter is a reminder to include our history in the prayer of thanksgiving! Yes, our history is His story!

(a) Warren W. Wiersbe, “Be Determined”

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