Encouraging others in Christ

A wall of faith requires prayer

Good Friday morning! And what a wet one for us here in Alabama. I was reading the book of Nehemiah this morning, and once I took my puppy, Jack, outside, I thought about how Nehemiah had been a cupbearer to the King, and now I found myself being an “umbrella bearer” to my “somewhat of a boss” Golden doodle. Ah, it’s great to be needed right? LOL
Nehemiah was an ordinary man in a unique position. He was secure and successful as cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes. Nehemiah had little power, but he had considerable influence. He was trusted by the by the king. He was a man of God. Concerned about the fate of
Jerusalem. Seventy years earlier, Zerubbabel had managed to rebuild God’s Temple. Thirteen years had passed since Ezra had returned to Jerusalem and helped the people with their spiritual needs. Now Nehemiah was needed. Jerusalem’s wall was still in ruins, and the news broke his heart. As he talked to God, a plan began to take form in Nehemiah’s mind about his role in the rebuilding of the city walls. He willingly left the security of his home and job in Persia to follow God on an “impossible” mission. And the rest is history.
From beginning to end, Nehemiah prayed for God’s help. He never hesitated to ask God to remember him. Throughout the impossible task, Nehemiah displayed unusual leadership. The wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt in record time, despite resistance.
Even Israel’s enemies grudgingly and fearfully admitted that God was with these builders. Not only that, but God worked through Nehemiah to bring a spiritual awakening among the people of Judah.
You may not have Nehemiah’s unique abilities or feel that you are in a position where you can do anything great for God, but there are two ways you can become useful to God. First, be a person who talks to God. Welcome Him into your thoughts and share yourself with Him-your concerns, feelings and dreams. Second, be a person who walks with God. Put what you learn from His Word into action. God may have an “impossible” mission that he wants to do through you.

I couldn’t help but think how thankful I was for the privacy fence “wall” this morning because it “protected,” if you will, from the words of my relatives that live next door. For they would honestly think that I’ve lost it. Barely able to take myself outside, and there I was an umbrella bearer.
Remember God keeps a “wall” of protection about us even when we are met with opposition from others who mock us for our faith or criticize us for doing what we know is right, let us refuse to respond in the same way or to become discouraged. Telling God how we feel will open our heart and mind to receive His strength to carry on.

Let us make sure we are standing on the right side of the wall, where we are safe and protected from evil. 

Nehemiah never hesitated to ask God to remember him, closing with these words:

“Remember me O God , for good.”

Key verse:

“Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the kings words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengtheened their hands for this good work” (Nehemiah 2:18).


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