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Nehemiah 9:16-25, Ezra Remembers Israel's Disobedience

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Even when they had cast an image of a calf for themselves and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies, you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness
— Nehemiah 9:18-19a

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday November 30th

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Crying woman.

Ezra continued his recollection of God’s works, but also in this section remembered Israel’s misdeeds. What this means for us today is quite plain: the human condition is one wherein we often openly & blatantly oppose God.

Prior to my recovery from drugs & alcohol, I served as a pastor. Daily I would think through my actions and know—really know—that what I was doing wasn’t God’s will for my life. I would return to passages in the Bible and look at what Israel had done, and think, “Well, I’m just like them. God will forgive me.”

Know what? God did forgive me. And God continues to forgive. That’s God’s business. However, we see a side of God that also cares for us and holds us to accountability.

Returning to a God who is loving and kind then transforms us to do the next right thing in our daily lives.

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