Pastor Tim Romero
Nehemiah 10:39 (ESV): "39 For the people of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of grain, wine, and oil to the chambers, where the vessels of the sanctuary are, as well as the priests who minister, and the gatekeepers and the singers. We will not neglect the house of our God."
We worship, serve, and give to God out of the overflow of our relationship with Him. Neglect in any of these areas is a telltale sign that our relationship is lacking. Thankfully He remains faithful to us when we are not.
On the twenty-fourth day of the seventh month, the people of Judah restored their relationship with God through repentance and worship. Ezra and the priests along with the singers reminded the people of the faithfulness of God beginning with Abraham and then through the Egyptian captivity and on into their present day. God was faithful in their captivity in Babylon as well. He never fails to be faithful. This brought a strong resolve to the people of Judah of recommitment to the Lord.
God has never left a relationship with anyone no matter how unfaithful they have been to Him. He will bring reminders by way of circumstances but He never bails on a relationship. He is faithful. May we have the same resolve to never neglect the house of God. The how-to is simple, make your relationship with God the most important thing in your life chasing after Him wholly, fully and freely and you will have a resolve to remain faithful to Him. For what we value most we protect.
Father, You alone are worthy of a life of sacrifice and dedication. No other relationship should match our relationship with You. Forgive us for not valuing You as we ought. Ignite a fire within us to pursue You as we should and put the resolve in us to never neglect Your house or Your people. Fill us today with an awestruck wonder of the greatness of who You are we pray on Jesus' name, amen.