The Move

Day 165

Prayer for the day

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Scripture for the day

Nehemiah 1-3, Acts 2:1-21

God is on the move. It’s clear in both of the Testaments that God is not a god who sits idly by while people go about their daily lives. God, instead, is a god who acts, a god who works, and a god who moves.

In the story of Nehemiah, the God who moves is on the move in the heart of his servant, Nehemiah. Nehemiah understands the sin of the people and seeks the face and forgiveness of God. His heart is broken for the lives of his people and particularly for the loss of their place, and so he pours his heart out to God, who moves on his behalf. God moves in the heart of the king Nehemiah serves. He moves in the hearts of the people with whom Nehemiah works. And ultimately, God works in the people of the land to rebuild their home.

In the book of Acts, the God who moves is still on the move. Jesus has ascended into heaven and his disciples are unsure what will happen next. They are praying, seeking God, and once again, God moves. He moves in the strangest way, however. God moves by filling them with himself, by residing in them in the person of the Holy Spirit and by speaking to the gathered nations in their own languages.

God on the move in this story is a god who is willing to spread the good news beyond the chosen few. This God on the move is willing to expose his character to the nations, to allow them the opportunity to become his people. This God is a god not just on the move in his own people, but in the world!

This God on the move is the God we serve today, who is still on the move.

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