This week we read 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.
This was a favorite verse:
"As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 1 Chronicles 28:9
Then in Nehemiah 8 the Israelites are back from their Babylonian exile and getting settled again. They had a public reading of the law and celebrated the Feast of Booths. They had not celebrated like this since the days of Joshua and "there was tremendous joy." (Neh 8:17) I just kept thinking, "It's good to be home!" After disobedience and subsequent discipline when there is reconciliation and all is right there is such rest. I've experienced it firsthand and the relief is often palpable. How good our God is to always allow us to come home to Him!