The word Nehemiah received was that people were in great trouble and disgraced. And why was this? These are God’s chosen ones. Shouldn’t they be living blessed lives – in the land flowing of milk and honey? They should be, but they weren’t. Why was this? It’s because they turned away from God; doing their own thing – doing what was right in their own eyes, and turning their back to the Word of God. Scripture says, “We reap what we sow.”
It was a hard road back, but God, in His faithfulness never gives up on His people. For every action, whether good or bad, there is a consequence. Now, God’s people are reaping what was sown. But God, in His mercy, is leading them into repentance. God moves in the hearts of man in order that His promises to His people will come to pass. It is all God. What a gracious God we serve.
When we turn to God, God will do amazing things in our lives and the lives of those around us. We just need to repent – ask God’s forgiveness and sin no more.