The scripture for today, September 27 (9/27), is Nehemiah 9:27 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“So you handed them over to their enemies who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed, they cried out to you. From heaven, you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.”
What was going on here? The Jews had started worshipping false gods, putting some of their altars in the temple of God, and even offering their children as sacrifices to the fire god. God let their enemies take them captive until they stopped their horrible practices and started praying only to the one true God. Then he rescued them those enemies.
Do you know anyone who could care less about God? The only exception is when they feel oppressed by something or someone in their life? More than likely, they blame God. Satan has convinced them he does not exist, so the only one left to blame is God.
Wait! Don’t be so hard on such people. That can be a good thing. Perhaps they hadn’t given God a second thought since their last calamity. But now they’re thinking about him. They may be angry at God, but at least they’re thinking about him. Now is your chance to approach a broken, desperate, but softened spirit.
Let us thank God for times of oppression. Sometimes that is what it takes for God to get their attention. Then perhaps God can show them he wants to be their friend.
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