Tuesday, April 28 2009
God answered Nehemiah's prayer. We use to sing that would be now an "old school" song, but it simply said "What a mighty God we serve" and since the scripture says...
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
We can be assured that we serve the same God as Nehemiah and can stand on the same promises of God. Nehemiah prayed in chapter one that the king would have mercy on him and chapter two opens with...
1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.
2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.
6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Nehemiah is an example of true leadership. Despite his circumstances and FEARS, he pushed forward with what he knew in his heart was right. The city of his fathers had no walls. This made the people of God that lived in that city vulnerable to the creatures that lurked outside the city. There was no protection because their defences were down. It was time to build some walls.
Our cities are under attack from the enemy. The Bible is clear when it states...
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
It is time that we plant a banner of truth and build some walls around our community through prayer and fasting. It may seem like an uphill battle, but despite our circumstances and fears....we can push forward because we know what is right.
Nehemiah traveled to Jerusalem in chapter two. He did not make a grand entrance as the "wall builder", but laid plans knowing that God had anointed him to be a city builder. Perhaps, what I find most interesting about this chapter is the last two verses...
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
There will be those in every city that will be critics of the truth. The Bible gives us clear purpose, but also warns us of those that will compromise the truth...
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
A true leader does not "turn away their ears", but becomes stubborn for truth knowing that God has called them. Nehemiah was one such leader. He answered his critics with the promises of God...
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.