Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:31 (additional reading: Psalm 35:1-16 and Proverbs 21:17-18)

Ludwig Von Beethoven had a life marked with both triumph and tragedy. By age 5 he was playing the violin. By age 13 he was a concert organist. He became a prolific composer, composing nine magnificent symphonies, five concertos, countless pieces of chamber music, and music for the piano and the violin.

But his life was marked with tragedy. By age by twenty, he was starting to lose his hearing. By forty, his hearing was almost gone. By fifty, he was stone deaf. One day in his study he was heard pounding the piano and saying over and again, “I’ll take my life by the throat and I’ll never let go!” Those who knew him said that he was the most persistent man they had ever met & that he accomplished far beyond normal human ability because he faced up to his difficulty and was determined to do something about it.

This is a quality that is greatly needed today. Too often, when problems come our way, many of us try to ignore them and simply hope they will go away. There are only a few who are willing to take problems by the throat and do something about them. Nehemiah had that quality. When something was wrong Nehemiah would do something about it.

That is exactly what we find in the 13th chapter of Nehemiah. When he returned to Jerusalem he found that some things had gone wrong. Even then I guess that it was true that “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” And as a result, they were now facing 4 major problems, & Nehemiah had to deal with them, and deal with them decisively before they destroyed everything that God was seeking to do through His people.

What problems have the potential to destroy what God is seeking to do through your life? There are many problems in the world today. As Christians, we need to face them squarely. We need to search for permanent solutions. We need to deal with them decisively. Starting with recommitting ourselves wholeheartedly to God.


What do you need to do something about?


Father, Thank You that You didn’t ignore the problems in our lives, but You stepped in and saved us. Help us to act when we need to and to deal with the things that need to be dealt with. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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