Neh. 1:5-6 π Neh. 2:8 π Psa. 16:8 π Psa. 25:12 π Prov. 15:33
“…O Lord God of Heaven, the great and terrible God who keeps covenant, loving kindness and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments; let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes be open to listen to the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You day and night for the Israelites Your servants; confessing the sins of the Israelites which we have sinned against You. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.” ( Neh. 1:5-6; top )
Nehemiah had just heard from a traveler going through his city that the people in Jerusalem were having a rough time rebuilding the city after returning from captivity; nor where they able to rebuild the walls of the city that had protected the city in the past.
The beautiful part of Nehemiah’s life was that even though he was just a plain cupbearer in the king’s palace, with no theological training, no great status in priestly circles, he was deeply touched by the afflictions of the people in Jerusalem. His unselfish attitude toward these struggling Israelites was so deep that he asked the King for time off to go to Jerusalem to help his people rebuild the city walls.
These God-like qualities of mercy and compassion towards loving our neighbor and helping with his problems that Nehemiah possessed are a number-one priority for us in these end-times.
Nehemiah also had a great fear of Almighty God, knowing God could send judgment or blessings to him and his people. Nehemiah knew that “the fear of God is the instruction of wisdom” ( Prov. 15:33; top ); without this attribute, Nehemiah would not have been able to have been led by God to help Jerusalem.
“Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.” ( Psa. 25:12; top )
What a priceless, tender heart Nehemiah had, as he openly confessed the sins of Israel and included himself as a part of them; his identification and confession of these sins unveiled his sacrificial, Godly heart, with all its unselfishness. This sensitiveness to God’s feeling towards sin and God’s desire to reconcile and restore people to right relationship with Himself also released God’s blessings, mercies and restoration, even to the rebuilding of the great stone walls of Jerusalem.
Through all this, even though Nehemiah was appointed governor, he never exalted himself, never boasted of his great faith, but said, “…and the King granted what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.” ( Neh. 2:8; top )
God is looking for people who are searching and seeking for God – seeking to have heart like Jesus…
Not seeking for success.
Not seeking for faith.
Not seeking a ministry.
Not seeking a denomination.
Not seeking after seminars.
Not seeking special revelations.
David said, “The Lord is always before me.” ( Psa. 16:8; top )
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