When we see injustice, cruelty, and other forms of darkness, do we bring the light of God's grace and gospel into those situations? Some days the world seems particularly dark with evil behaviors - during these times we should shine the brightest. Matt 5:14-16
In Nehemiah 6, God's people were made afraid by the words of their enemies. Nehemiah resists that fear by calling on God to strengthen him and give him courage. This passage might remind us that faith in God is cure the for fear, and that fear is a drain on our faith. May we seek God's help in strengthening our faith to overcome the many fears that beset us.
Nehemiah is angry when he learns how poorly God's people were treating each other. He was specifically upset over the way the poor were being treated. He accused the wealthy of disregarding God's law (Neh 5:6). The wealthy of Nehemiah's day repented and changed their practices. What would happen if the church began to care more about pleasing God and caring for His people, than about making a profit?