August 12

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 21:5-7

Being a person of integrity means that you stand up even for those who are being mistreated. Nehemiah had enough going on with his project to rebuild the walls. They were under major threats to disrupt their work. They were so concerned about the enemy that they were rebuilding the walls with one hand and holding a weapon in the other.

While all this is going on, Nehemiah learns that the people were being oppressed because of the urgent need for food. They were selling their children into slavery in order to get basic necessities. Nehemiah could not allow this to continue because he knew that rebuilding the walls meant nothing if the people who dwelt within the walls were bound and oppressed.

He confronted the injustice and established a new way that people should be treated. Do you have a heart to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves? We can build great structures but there is nothing more important than building people.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Psalm 33:1-11; Proverbs 21:8-10

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