Great Things for God | Nehemiah 2:17-18
Nehemiah 2:17-18 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.” 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.
Nehemiah's compassion for his fellow Israelites led him to action. At great risk, he spoke to the king and was granted leave to lead in the rebuilding of Jerusalem's broken down walls. After surveying the damage and determining the size of the project, Nehemiah stood before the discouraged people and inspired them to begin the process. Notice that the people were encouraged by two things Nehemiah said.
First, Nehemiah explained that God had graciously saved his life. A sad cupbearer not only lost his job; he lost his head. But when Nehemiah had been unable to hide his sadness for Jerusalem in the king's presence, God graciously spared him. Second, the king was willing to participate in the rebuilding project. He gave Nehemiah timber from the royal forest and sent army officers and cavalry to ensure safe arrival. When the people heard how God had worked, they said, "Let’s start building."
It's amazing how God works. He moved the heart of a pagan king to supply materials for rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. And He normally uses people in His great projects. Nehemiah was willing to risk his life. What are you and I willing to risk in order to do great things for God?
Father, thank You for the privilege of allowing us to be involved in Your work. Give us the courage and willingness to be involved. In Jesus’ name. Amen.