Nehemiah 9:30-31 NIV 2011
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yes they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
The book of Nehemiah, possibly written by Ezra, was about the Jews return from Babylonian exile. He was called to guide them as they rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. His preaching brought revival among God’s people. A call to fast and pray began in chapter nine. Their ancestors failed to heed the words of God’s prophets, 2 Chronicles 36:16, “But they mocked God’s messengers.” Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 4:31 were behind verse 31, “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you.” God’s character includes but is not limited to His infinite grace and mercy.
A trip to Las Vegas just three years ago led us to begin wintering here. This year will be our fourth winter and second one in our last home. Though we were unable to return “home,” we are southeast and just a plane ride from Seattle or Columbus. The summers here are a bit hot we have A/C, friends and I’ve found a church. It’s through God’s grace and mercy we’ve been placed exactly where He wants us.
How does God display His grace and mercy?