Verse of the Day


"They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, 'This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,' or when they committed awful blasphemies."

~Nehemiah 9:17-18


Today's Devotional Thought

March 15, 2013 by Wendy Foreman



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He Is Abounding in Love

Rachel and I are in the middle of doing Kelly Minter's Nehemiah Bible study and I am enjoying it immensely. I have been challenged, overwhelmed, amazed, convicted, have felt God's love, and have had moments of feeling absolutely unworthy to have such an amazing Savior, but overcome with gratitude that He loves me so.

I was sitting working on my study and came across today's verses and as I thought about them and read them in the context of the whole chapter it made me just stop and reflect. We so oftentimes say such remarks as, "Wow I can't believe after all God had done for those Israelites that they became so rebellious." Maybe we have said, "I would never forget all those miracles and all the things I heard God speak from Mount Sinai and how would I ever forget the parting of the Red sea?" Throughout this study I have asked similar questions trying to understand why a people who God had his hand on (which we see so clearly) would just turn away and be so sucked into the culture around them, so much so that they worshipped other gods.

But here's what I love ladies...even though the Israelites did all those things, we read that he was a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. If you read the whole chapter of Nehemiah 9 you see repeatedly how God delivers them and has compassion on them. He never gives up; he never lets go of them.

Can I tell you how grateful I am that the God of then is the God of now? And even though we make mistakes and we refuse to listen at times, maybe even get sucked into the culture around us, when we come back to Him and confess what we have done, he is so full of love and compassion for us, he extends his grace and mercy.

We are God's people if we have confessed that He is Lord, believe that Jesus is His son, that He came to this earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose on the third day. His hand is on us, he guides us and directs us if we allow Him (by listening to Him) in our lives.

Friends, here is what I want you to know: God's love never fails us.

I see that repeatedly through the story of the Israelites He never gives up on them; he is forever extending his grace love and compassion to them.

I have added a song today that I love. I want you to feel his love today, I want you to know and believe that his love is forever, it never fails, and it will never run out on you. It is the one thing that remains!






Memorize this verse today:

"They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, 'This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,' or when they committed awful blasphemies."
~Nehemiah 9:17-18



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