by Robert Dawson

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Fighting Spiritual Entropy (11 of 11)
Series: Nehemiah
Robert Dawson
Nehemiah 13

A well-known truth, one we have all experienced in our lives, is that things naturally gravitate toward decay and disorder, not efficiency and order. If you own a home or car then you know this to be true. A house or car, left uncared for and unattended, moves toward a state of disrepair, not beauty and peak performance. The same applies to our physical bodies. If we do not take care of our bodies/health then we become unhealthy and we break down even quicker.

What is true in the physical realm is also true in the spiritual realm. We do not naturally gravitate toward Godliness and Christlikeness. If we do not nurture our convictions and continue giving careful attention to our spiritual foundations they quickly deteriorate and find ourselves drifting toward spiritual decline, inefficiency and joylessness.

As the book of Nehemiah closes we do not have the privilege or satisfaction of enjoying a fairy-tale or Hallmark channel ending. Instead, we see the relatively quick spiritual decline of God's people and crumbling of their spiritual foundations as convictions give way to compromise.

Nehemiah, after rebuilding the walls, leading the people into a time of spiritual renewal and helping them rediscover and restore their spiritual heritage and serving faithfully as their governor for 12 years has returned to serve the King in the capital city of Susa.

We do not know how long he was gone but we know he was gone long enough for spiritual decay to set it and the affects to become evident in the people. We also find that enough time had passed for a generation to have been born and raised in the current climate so we may well assume that Nehemiah's absence may have been close to 20 years and as he returns to Jerusalem in this closing chapter of Nehemiah's ministry he discovers the only thing left standing were the walls, everything else had collapsed, the spiritual reforms ...

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