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“When tragedy strikes may you and I immediately seek God.” <>< Dona (06/23/20)

Please Nehemiah 1 through 3 read.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Nehemiah 1:4-11 Nehemiah, the king’s personal assistant and cupbearer, was deeply grieved about the condition of Jerusalem.  He said, “I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah prayed for the Israelites day and night.  He confessed the sins of the Israelites, including himself and his ancestors, that they had committed against God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah poured out his heart before You.

Something to think about

Nehemiah looked for ways to improve the situation.  Nehemiah demonstrated the elements of effective prayer: 1. Praise 2. Thanksgiving 3. Repentance 4. Specific request 5. Commitment 

Something to experience

The first thing we too should do when tragedy hits is to pray. Then seek God’s plan and move beyond grief to specific action that helps those who need it. 

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In Nehemiah 2:1-9 King Artaxerxes noticed that Nehemiah was sad.   Nehemiah explained to him that Jerusalem was in ruins.  The king asked what Nehemiah wanted.  Nehemiah prayed and then asked the King for permission to go rebuild the city. Once the king gave Nehemiah the go ahead, Nehemiah asked for additional help. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah prayed even while talking with the king (verse 4).

Something to think about

Nehemiah knew that God was present and would hear and answer his prayer. He knew God was the source of all answered prayer.

Something to experience

If we want to reach God with our emergency prayers, we need to strengthen our personal relationship with Him.  And then be on the lookout for those God may send to answer our prayers.

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In Nehemiah 2:10-20 when Nehemiah arrived in Judah, he was greeted with opposition. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, in every generation there are those who hate Your people and try to block Your purpose.

Something to think about

Opposition to the rebuilding of Jerusalem had been going on for 90 years by those who settled in the area when the Jews were taken captive.

Something to experience

When we attempt to do God’s work, some people may oppose us too.  Some people may even hope we fail.  Expect opposition and be prepared if it happens.  Knowing that God has called us to the task, is the best incentive when we face opposition.  

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In Nehemiah 2:11-17 Nehemiah spend time carefully examining the damage to the city wall.  Then he confidently presented a plan. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah took time to come up with a strategy that was workable. 

Something to think about

Nehemiah had an excellent approach to problem solving.  Before coming up with a plan, he got firsthand information and carefully considered the situation. 

Something to experience

When we have a project to do, we too should take time to take a close look at the situation.  And then we need to plan carefully what supplies and manpower are needed to complete our project. 

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In Nehemiah 2:17-18 Nehemiah spoke to some officials in the city. He said, “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”  He also told them about the gracious hand of God that was upon him.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nehemiah had a vision and he shared it with others.

Something to think about

Spiritual renewal for the Israelites began with Nehemiah.

Something to experience

God can plant an idea in your mind. If you have a dream about serving God, consider sharing it with others.  And trust the Holy Spirit to impress others with similar thoughts. God can use one person to get the vision and others to turn it into reality.  Teamwork can accomplish God’s plans.

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In Nehemiah 3 all the citizens of Jerusalem did their part to rebuild the city wall.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, each priest repaired the wall in front of their house.

Something to think about

And the other people were responsible for the part of the wall closest to their houses. This motivated each worker to build the wall quickly and properly.

Something to experience

When we are a part of a group working on a large project, perhaps the same arrangement might help us.  If we know the importance and meaning of the job we might be more likely to produce high-quality work and feel a personal satisfaction for a job well done.  

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will seek You, before anyone else, when we’re faced with tragedy (Matthew 6:33 AMP).   Lord, I pray we will pray continually to You, wherever we are (Romans 12:12). Lord, when we are faced with opposition of any kind, I pray we will not lose hope (Proverbs 13:12 AMP). I pray we will be prepared to respond as You would have us to respond. Lord, I pray we will carefully plan our action before starting any project (Proverbs 16:3 AMP). Lord, when you plant an idea in our mind, I pray we will seek the help of others who have the same dream (Psalm 37:4 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will recognize the importance and the meaning of each job we’re involved in.  I pray we will work at it with all our heart (Colossians 3:23). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I complete every job the Lord calls us to do.” <>< Dona