After celebrating what God had done for them, the Jews decided to do a few things for God. Unfortunately, their efforts to change didn't last long once they drifted away from worship.
God has always been willing to give us one more chance, but at some point, if we resist, we will suffer.
How can I know what God wants me to do? We find two answers in this section of Scripture.
Nehemiah's enemies tried telling lies to him and telling lies about him; how do you respond when your reputation is attacked?
Conflict arises when two people can't both have what they want - so, how do we get over it? By following Jesus who gave up His rights to "stuff" in order to save us from sin.
We look at who was involved in serving God by building the wall, and see that Nehemiah responded to opposition the same way, over and over: through prayer and continued effort.
God used Nehemiah's position and his prayers to open doors for ministry. How does He want to use yours?
For those who want to know and serve God, everything begins with Repentance - but what does it look like, and how do we do it?
Nehemiah was a government employee serving in a foreign land who still had a heart for God's people.