but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

– Nehemiah 1:9 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

This was a great promise to the exiles of Israel under Persian rule and this is a great promise to us today. We may feel that we are alone in our walk with God, or we may carry so much shame from our actions that we have isolated ourselves from others of faith. God continues to call us from our exile to send us to a people group of His choosing. The greatest adventures of our lives are waiting for us in community.

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