Taking the Advice of Nehemiah

A big problem? Many problems? Whatever the case may be there was a Jew by the name of Nehemiah who had not only what seemed to be an insurmountable problem but when he heard about the problem decided on a wonderful way to solve the problem.

Could it be that the same solution that Nehemiah came up with could get us out of hot water? Could it be that no matter how big our problem is that there is an answer?

What did Nehemiah do? Before I tell you, I want you to know that the solution worked and surely it will work today.

Nehemiah was the Kings cup bearer. Seems Nehemiah was one of the kings favorite people because Nehemiah seemed always happy and uplifted the king by his cheery ways in serving the king.

However Nehemiah received some bad news. His people, the Jews had been scattered and Jerusalem lied waste. The walls to the city had been destroyed and its enemies scavenged and made Jerusalem a laughing stock. When Nehemiah received the news he was heart broken and no more cheerful. The king caught on and demanded Nehemiah tell him the why of his sadness. Rather than blurting his woes out to the king Nehemiah first did something remarkable:

1 ¶ And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah chapter 2

It is now that God takes charge. Nehemiah did the only thing that he knew to do.

Often we hear folk say. There is nothing else we can do to solve such an such problem. All we can do is pray. ALL? ALL? Is that ALL? Is praying to the God of heaven a waste of time? Is it not enough to have God take charge and solve the problem? Is God so weak that we will remain defeated? Is God a small God?

Nehemiah had much opposition. Rebuilding the walls and restoring Jerusalem not only looked bleak it seemed like an impossibility. Of course once Nehemiah got the God of heaven to take charge the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt quickly and Jerusalem was once again restored.

Praying to the God of heaven should not be our last resort. At times God gives us big problems so He can show us how big He is and that He is big enough to solve any problem. More later as I recall…….



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