Nehemiah: Actively Ever After

Many of the stories that we tell children in our culture tend to end with the same phrase: “And they all lived happily ever after.” As we’ve gone through the first twelve chapters of Nehemiah this summer, the story has followed that typical narrative arc, bending toward a “happily ever after.” At the end of chapter 12, we saw God’s people celebrating all that God had led them to accomplish; and the scene is ripe with hope and optimism! But as we open the final chapter, Nehemiah 13, we’ll see that they most certainly did not live happily ever after. And we’ll be reminded of how important it is for us to constantly be pursuing holiness, never resting on the faith and obedience of yesteryear.