Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Chronicles 9:1b-34
Heavenly Father, Nehemiah was an amazing leader. He gave us so many lessons on leadership, character, and perseverance. The lesson in these verses focuses on learning from the mistakes of others.
“Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. How could you even think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward God by marrying foreign women?”—Nehemiah 13:26-27
Lord, as I read the Bible I’ve asked myself the same question Nehemiah asked, “how could they do that again and again?” Why didn’t they learn from the mistakes of their ancestors?
Learning from the mistakes of others is what the Bible’s all about. Adam, Abraham, Noah, Saul, David, Solomon, Peter—they all made their fair share of mistakes. Your Word gives us a look into the consequences of those mistakes and encourage us to learn from their poor choices.
There’s an old cliché that says experience is the best teacher, but that’s not true. By the time you’ve personally learned the all the lessons, you’re too old to use the knowledge. Learning from the experiences of others is the best teacher.
Lord, help me to learn from the mistakes of others and help others to learn from my mistakes.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9