Nehemiah prayed and waited. Then in the Lord’s timing it happened. At just the right moment, Nehemiah was able to speak with the king. The king opened doors and provided the resources Nehemiah was burdened to ask for.
God had perfectly positioned Nehemiah to make a difference. It was God who gave Nehemiah influence with the king as his cupbearer. It was the perfect set up.
Nehemiah could have said, “I’ve prayed, now God will do it.” And while God can handle His work, He chooses to work through obedient people.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
God establishes the plans of his people. Nehemiah did more than complain about a problem. Nehemiah acted, in the Lord’s will. He did more than pray. With courage Nehemiah spoke to the king. Not satisfied with, “Someone else will do it,” Nehemiah boldly made his request to the king.
While we all doubt God sometimes, we struggle and wrestle with God, His plans and His will, it is usually a lack of action that keeps us stuck, not a lack of faith. Just because our hearts are broken doesn’t mean we’re willing to do something about a problem. We can be sad about what’s happening in us or around us and do absolutely nothing about it.
Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). We’ve got to respond to the opportunities God gives us. Is your heart broken for something? Do you know what to do?
What keeps you from acting? Is it a lack of faith or a lack of courage?
Father, I know the burden you have laid on my heart, I pray you will give me the ability and courage to act upon this burden for your glory and your kingdom.
Kiefer is the Worship Leader at Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, outside of the church he is a creative director and graphic artist.
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