Christian Devotional – October 3, 2022

Prayer in Action, Day 43

Mercy for upholding God’s standard. Read Nehemiah 13:15-22.

As Nehemiah continued to reinforce the standard that God has set, he continues to encounter resistance. People continue to pressure the Israelites to go against what God has commanded. So Nehemiah takes a hard stand and enforces God’s standards, even when the people don’t like it.

There may be several times when people are struggling with God’s standards, but that doesn’t mean that the standards should change. In fact, that is when we need to reinforce those standards even more. Nehemiah prays and asks God for mercy. Because of the stand that he is taking, it’s entirely possible that people were upset with him and he didn’t feel that he was getting much mercy from others.

We need to keep in perspective that mercy from others is not nearly as important as mercy from God. Are we focusing on what God thinks of us? Or are we still trying to get mercy from others?