Today you should read: Nehemiah 2:1-10
When was the last time you were distraught over the welfare of another? More importantly, when was the last time your heart broke for the mission of God? When Jesus saw his fellow Israelites struggling with the Romans and the Pharisees, the Bible tells us that, “he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
For Nehemiah, distress came from the reality that the walls of his city were in ruins. The people of God who survived exile were unprotected. Worship of God was being hindered. After all, this wasn’t just any city. God Himself said that His name would be written there: “Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name (1 Kings 11:36).” Something needed to happen, but it would take audacious faith.
God raised up just the man for the task: Nehemiah.
The king could have said no or punished him for the request. Nehemiah could have lost His job and the people of Jerusalem could have faced harsh persecution. There were many unknowns and they are what make this story so inspiring. Nehemiah had a bold trust in the sovereign plan of God. He believed that the same God who was with Isaac, Jacob, Abraham, Joseph, and Noah was going to be with him as well.
We’ll get into the particulars of Nehemiah’s story over the next few weeks, but I want to pose a few questions for application/reflection today.
1) Is your heart broken for the mission of God?
2) Is your heart broken for the people of God?
3) Is your heart broken for those around you who don’t know Jesus?
4) What sin is hindering you from being ready to serve God with audacious faith?
When Nehemiah’s number was called, he was ready to get in the game. My prayer for CPC’ers today: be the kind of dedicated disciple that God wants to call on for Kingdom things. And when your number is called, go in with bold faith.
Posted by: Todd Thomas