August 13 – Daily Notes – Amanda

distraction

Today’s reading in Nehemiah reminds us how easy it is to get distracted from God’s purposes and plans for us. These days, we have far more avenues for distraction than the post-exilic Israelites. What do you do to keep yourself focused on God’s purposes for your life?

Nehemiah 5:14-7:60:

  • 1-14 – It is easy to get distracted from the work God has set out for us to do, but Nehemiah was faithful in refusing to be distracted from finishing the restoration of Jerusalem’s wall.
  • 6-60 – This is a listing of the people who returned to Israel from exile in Babylon.

1 Corinthians 8:1-13:

  • Much of Paul’s instruction in this first letter to the Corinthians regards caring for those who aren’t as far along in their faith development. Though our faith may be strong enough to withstand certain temptations, others’ may not be. We are called to cater to their needs in those situations.

Psalm 33:1-11:

  • We are to offer our praises to God because he is able to do great things and he does great things.

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