Today’s Scripture: And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah 8:5-6
In the fall of 1997, I stood with the rest of the Quentin Road Baptist Church family in a brand-new auditorium, while my father, Dr. James Scudder, Sr., prayed a prayer of dedication for our newly completed 76,000 square foot building. It certainly felt like we had just finished building the wall of Jerusalem. God had brought us through a challenging building project.
It was easy to remember God while we were working, because we certainly needed His help and guidance. It was easy to remember God right after we finished as we rejoiced at what He had done.
The last lesson to learn from Nehemiah is this: Remember God after the victory. I am talking about weeks and months and years down the road. Do not ever forget what God has done in your life. It is easy to forget once the battle is over and everything settles down.
In our passage today we see Ezra, the scribe, reading the Law and the people worshiping and thanking God. They remembered God that day, and the next, and for a short time after that.
However, it was not long before some of the very problems that had led to their captivity and the destruction of the walls began to reoccur. They forgot God when times were easy, and they began to stray from Him.
Believer, don’t ever think that such a thing cannot happen to you. Anyone can stray from God’s will.
The best way to avoid such sin, though, is to remember God. Remember all He has done for you. Remember His faithfulness during the hard times. Remember His blessings in the easy times. Stay dependent on Him. Praise Him for the victory. Celebrate His goodness. Then, never forget what God has done.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.