09 July: Define What’s “Right”
The storyline today is about identifying what’s considered to be “right” and what makes something “wrong” in higher society…
READ NEHEMIAH 5 Make notes of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Many of us like to think, or hope, that humanity’s evolved – notably in our thinking and behaviour. But what makes behaviour “bad”? What makes our attitudes “wrong”, and who decides what’s “right”?
When Nehemiah heard the outcry, in today’s chapter, that alerted him to something being “wrong”, he was angry. But before reacting, he pondered it in his mind. [v6-7a] He couldn’t accuse anyone, until he’d established a case for what was defined as “not right”, and his only method of measurement was to appeal to a higher order.
He used the Creator’s handbook of existing rules, rather than his own ideas, for a way forward. [v9] “Rightness”, for him, was based on his knowledge of God’s Judgement Day. [v13] And while the outcomes benefited humans, his actions were ultimately out of reverence for his Maker. [v15] He knew that, at the end of it all, his Maker would look with favour over his life story, which matters for eternity. [v19]
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to connect with the God who first separated right from wrong? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I ascribe to You Lord, the glory due to Your Name. I bring an offering and come before You and worship You Lord, in the splendour of Your holiness. [1 Chronicles 16:29]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Victims of poverty in Indonesia[b]
Your Country: Human trafficking and slave trade
Yourself: Commitment to your Maker and His Word
Your concerns for today
Help me, Lord, to be devoted to prayer, being watchful and thankful. I pray for Your people, too, that You may open a door for Your message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Your Good News, which is currently bound in chains. [Colossians 4:2-3]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them, and in whose spirit is no deceit. [Psalm 32:2]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
In the fullness of time, Father God, You’ll gather me and, at that time, You’ll bring me home! You’ll give me honour and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when You restore my destiny before my very eyes. [Zechariah 3:20]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing our Maker’s script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from His Handbook in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Our Maker’s Handbook
Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. [Psalm 119:11]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31