Read Nehemiah 9
Focus on verse 21
As the people hear the word of God read to them by the leaders, they all become convicted of the seriousness of their sin. As they confess this to God corporately they recount to God and to each other the faithfulness of God in the past. Reflecting on how God would allow them to experience invasion by their enemies when they transgressed the laws He had given them to live by, and how when they repented and cried out to Him, He relented of His anger and would bring blessing upon the once again. It is interesting to note that it seems each generation seems to have to learn this same lesson over and again.
One of the amazing ways that God was faithful to His people despite their disobedience and unfaithfulness was the way he sustained them in the wilderness during the forty years that they wandered waiting for a whole generation to age and die. It really is miraculous that during those forty years, they lacked nothing. Their clothing never wore out and they kept busy with staying alive. God truly was faithful despite Israel’s faithless behavior, and God’s nature has not changed. He continues to be faithful to us in spite of our unfaithful behavior and rebellious nature.
God also continues to sustain those who trust him in this present age. He particularly loves to bless those who respond to Him favorably. It is good for us to reflect on this on this periodically, so that we do not lose sight of our dependence upon Him. Without God’s involvement in sustaining and protecting us, we would be hard pressed to survive at all not to mention enjoying life and time together with others.