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June 30  – Jesus with thy church abide 

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” – Jude 24–25

Scripture reading: Nehemiah 13:23-30

This is no “happily ever after” ending. The joy of chapter 12 would be a fine ending to the book of Nehemiah, but the Christian life is full of ups and downs until the day when Christ returns. You might have made changes in your life and progress in spiritual growth, but there are still areas that need work.

Nehemiah comes back and sees areas of compromise, and he is quick to act. While I would never recommend Nehemiah’s example of hair-pulling and beating, his actions were not out of line with that time. Hair-pulling was an act of humiliation. People needed to see the wrong in mixed marriages and the need to live and raise their children in the ways of God. They must not lose their identity as God’s people.

Careless of their spiritual future, people today want to live a life that suits them. We need correction to seek our life and blessing in what the Lord gives, not in chasing our dreams. Nehemiah corrected the people and he prayed. His ministry is coming to a close – and he kept on praying.

When we go to church and the Word of God corrects us and makes us uncomfortable, give thanks. Let it correct us and bring us to seek our blessing and our peace in the Lord Jesus. What hope do we have against the enemies of our sin, the world, and the devil? The battle continues on. We have a sure and perfect hope as we cling to Christ Jesus our Lord.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for the church and her members. “Jesus, with Thy church abide; be her Saviour, Lord, and Guide, while on earth her faith is tried: we beseech Thee, hear us.”

Rev. Simon Lievaart currently serves Bethel United Reformed Church of Smithers BC. Prior to this, he served the United Reformed Church in Doon, IA. Rev. Lievaart grew up in southern Alberta, attended Redeemer University College and Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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