All you can say is the people of God are a roller-coaster work in progress!
There is always hope when people willingly respond to the Word of God. When they make really tough choices in order to be obedient you know God is at work in their hearts.
Corruption, especially in leadership, can be so discouraging. You get people who would rather be “in” with the outsiders than care for their flock. So much so, that they don’t even notice when people just move away. (Don’t even get me started – I would be right there with Nehemiah throwing things at them as I booted them out the door.)
And then there is hope again when you find there are steadfast and honorable people still there ready to both lead and serve God.
You just have to wonder “WHY?” That was exactly Nehemiah’s question!
God could demand strict and ready obedience but instead He asks . He woos, He speaks, He fixes, He renews plans, and He shows us again and again how it’s done. Like Nehemiah suspected he needed to check on things, God knows we are weak on endurance. That could just be why He gave us each other.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Heb. 10:24)