The history of God’s people recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah may look bleak if we only focus on the sins of the people, the consequences, and opposition from the world. Indeed, it should grieve us when God’s people are under attack from within and without. However, this reality is not all there is. Even today, God’s people are suffering. Like Nehemiah, we can bear their burdens and pray for them even if we are geographically distant. Moreover, God may call us to go and help, like Nehemiah desired to do. Either way, we are called to identify with the struggles of our brothers and sisters, remembering those in bonds, and interceding before the God who remembers his word and keeps his promises. Keep your eyes on the One who overcomes the world!