This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Nehemiah 1) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The book of Nehemiah recounts the rebuilding of the city wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s leadership and under the leadership of Ezra the priest, the recommitment of the people to follow God’s Laws and the restoration of worship. Nehemiah was in exile in Babylon when he heard that although the temple had been rebuilt, the wall around Jerusalem was lying in ruins.
Ask the children…
How did Nehemiah react to this news?
“When I heard this, I sat down and wept.” (Nehemiah 1:4)
After Nehemiah wept and mourned, what did he do then?
“In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. 5 Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer!” (Nehemiah 1:4-6)
First he cried out because the broken down wall put God’s people in Jerusalemin grave danger from their enemies and it made God look incapable of taking care of them. Then he cried out to God because Nehemiah knew nothing would change if God wasn’t behind it.
Ask your children what is their first response when they hear something bad has happened? Do they share their pain with God and ask for His intervention? Take a situation right now and model what it means to tell God the things that make us sad. Watch how God comforts your family with His love.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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