March 3, 2016

Read Nehemiah 6
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Such pithy sayings often cause us to nod and mutter in agreement. That is until we smack ourselves out of our worldly mindset and instead rely upon the Word of God as the plumb line to which our beliefs must parallel.
There are many certain things in this world.  The first of which being “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” Another thing we can be certain about is that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist.” It is easy to look at this world in dismay and lament about how hard life is, and the difficulties of holding on to these truths, especially for young people. However, God’s word says we live and move and having our being in Him, and that this is our appointed time and place.
Nehemiah recognized these certainties as they pertained to him and his countrymen. Nehemiah faithfully serving the king had cleared the path for him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild this wall. A wise woman once instructed me to identify those areas of my life where God had already placed me and given me direction and to see those as my purpose and mission, e.g., worshipping Him, my relationship with my husband, raising my children, being a good steward of the earth (my home included), being a good neighbor, being diligent in my work. Nehemiah’s years of faithfulness to work given him by the king prepared him for these 52 days. David’s hours of boredom tending sheep with nothing but a harp and a slingshot prepared him for his faithful meetings with Saul and Goliath. It is our faithfulness in doing what God has set before us which readies us for whatever uncertainties lie ahead.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.