So far in this chapter, Nehemiah has addressed several areas where the children of Israel have neglected the commands of God and become lax in their obedience. Here in Nehemiah 13:15-22, the people have forgotten the Sabbath. Do we take time to rest and relax in God? We cannot continue the frantic pace that many of our lives have become. God knows how much we need to rest in Him. The people had neglected it and Nehemiah not only told them about it, he enforced it.
We cannot alwsys just tell ourselves what is right, we must also set up things that hold us accountable to following through on our commitment. Are we being obedient to rest? If not, how will we, like Nehemiah, create barriers to help us do what we know is right to do?