Nehemiah 1: God Is Faithful
The book of Nehemiah begins in chapter 1 on a very emotional note. Nehemiah heard that the city of Jerusalem was in ruins, and it hit him very hard. However, he did what we all should do under such circumstances; he turned right to God.
He said a lot of things, but I want to focus on one particular area.
Neh 1:8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
Neh 1:9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
Neh 1:10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
I know that I’ve written in the past about being careful when we promise things to God. We need to make sure that we are willing to follow through. Similarly, God made promises to humanity. Obviously here is an example of what he told Moses. Also, you can think about the promise He made to Noah that He would never flood the entire earth again.
Promises are just as binding in one direction as they are in the other.
The main difference is that when God makes a promise, He always follows through on it. Humans should follow through, but there are times when we don’t, and that is why I have written about before. On the other hand, God is perfectly faithful, and we can be very glad about that. Why can we be glad about that? Here’s one pretty powerful reason.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.