nehemiah study: she reads truth

I think I may have mentioned a time or two before about an online community called She Reads Truth, where I have been reading my devotionals for the past 2 years. If you’re looking for an inspiring community of women to dig deeper into the Bible with, this is it. Currently, we are reading through the book of Nehemiah and let me tell you, it has been so good for my soul. I’m being convicted of things in my own life that need rebuilding and redirecting.

Yesterday’s devotional focused on chapters 6:15 through 7:72. Honestly, when I come across a passage in the Bible that has a long list of names I usually don’t pay much attention to it. I might even skip it, if it’s long enough. But here’s the deal. There is a reason why God even thought it was important for these names to be in the Bible and for us to know about them. There is always a reason bigger than us, bigger than we comprehend. A genealogy goes beyond just listing names and lineage. God wants us to see the bigger picture and that is, just how important we are as individuals to Him. We matter. This work we are doing, whatever it looks like, wherever it takes us, however it shakes us…it all matters. We matter.

God placed it on Nehemiah’s heart to carefully and painstakingly register name after name after name, of all the families who helped rebuild the city. (Nehemiah 7:5) It was important for Nehemiah to do this work. Sure, it wasn’t glamorous and it certainly wasn’t as grandiose as rebuilding an entire city, but isn’t that just how life is anyway? For me as a mom raising a young child, I certainly am not getting any awards for how quickly I can change a dirty diaper. For you, it might look totally different. The point is that just like Nehemiah understood the significance of what God asked him to do with listing all the families’ names, we need to understand that whatever circumstance we find ourselves in that what we are doing does matter.

Many times, it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture though isn’t it? As we go through our days, it’s so easy to be burdened by all the must-do’s and want-to-do’s. We start wondering if we’re doing enough and questioning if we are being all that we’re supposed to be. Maybe I’m alone in thinking this way but I suspect that’s not the case. Just like I tend to gloss over a long list of names in the Bible, for the sake of reaching the ending of the story, I have the tendency to want to rush through the daily stuff in life just to see how everything turns out in the end.

Instead of all that rushing, I need to be reminded that I already know the end of my story. I know that the end of my story on earth, is simply the beginning of an eternal life in heaven. That’s the bigger picture. I am more than just another name. God sees me. He sees my struggles and successes. He sees & shares in my joys and despairs. I matter to him. God sees you, too. You matter to him. The moment we truly grasp that, is the moment we can understand the bigger picture.

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