Wednesday Word 2.06.2019

Nehemiah 2:1-18 NIV
(excerpts)

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

12…I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem….

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Thanks to Rev. Dr. Anderson for bringing us this message on Sunday about Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. What an important lesson to remember as we head into this coming weekend! The parallels are plain to see.

Pastor Joe, like Nehemiah, was concerned about our church home. So he prayed about it. Long and hard. And like Nehemiah in verse 1:4, “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah’s prayer in Chapter 1 is very powerful. Joe spent a long time praying about Emmanuel. Then he asked us to sit back, take a deep breath and pray about it, too. And now, we are about to ask God to cast a new vision for our church home; to set that vision in our hearts.

If you read the whole book of Nehemiah, you will see that they didn’t always have an easy time of it. Not everyone was on the same page. They sometimes found themselves under threat from outside and even from within. There are a lot of bad things happening out there in the world and sometimes we human beings can get in our own way.

Like giving birth, you have to get through the hard part to see that sweet child.. Many of us have been through the birthing process before, when Emmanuel was born. God smiled on us then. I believe with all my heart that he still has a big plan for us. As long as we work together for the glory of God, I believe he will continue to bless our labors…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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