Good Morning! My name is James E. Gordon and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of Nehemiah 8-9.
Nehemiah 8:5-6 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
I have to step out of chapters 8-9 just for a moment, for it was the prayer of one of God’s children that got in chapter 1, verse 11. From that prayer in chapter one, we see in chapters 5-11 that great revival took place. This revival started with the reading of God’s Word to Israel. We see then the travelling to Jerusalem, the building of the walls, the census, the revival, restoration of the temple worship, and God’s laws restored. God’s day was kept holy once again.
This book affords many instances of individual faith acting on the written Word. We look forward to our time in the principal of II Timothy 2, when verse 15 says, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I know that there is a great deal of difference between now and then, but the reading of God’s Word is just as important now as then.
It takes the reading of God’s Word to touch the hearts of the lost, feed the saved, build churches, and have strong mission fields throughout the world. We need to be much in prayer for our nation today. We need a great revival here in America just as Israel did at that time.
Thank you for being a part of the Route 66 Challenge. Thanks for reading, and you have a blessed day.
James E. Gordon
WHEN YOU GOT SAVED: Macedonia Baptist Church, Edith, Tennessee, 1948; enjoyed every minute of it
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Romans 1:16
FAMILY: Wife Jerry; Kathy, Connie, Marla, James Jr.
MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT AT VBC: Any help that I can give
DREAM VACATION: Heaven
HOBBIES: Enjoying God’s children; hunting