“And because the gracious hand of my God was on me,
the king granted my requests.”
“I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me
and what the king had said to me.”
“I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success.
We, his servants, will start rebuilding…”
Nehemiah 2:20 a
Today is Monday, February 5th. As you know, some Monday mornings you feel a little rusty.
After a busy weekend, that is the case here.
Last night we attended our monthly Couples Bible Study. Here we studied Nehemiah Chapter 2.
As always, a lively discussion ensued.
Personally, I love the book of Nehemiah, and the example of Nehemiah. He was the governor and an example of upmost
integrity. Who do you know as a government leader who doesn’t take his cut in pay? (See Nehemiah 5)
Nehemiah spear-headed the campaign to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 2:18)
He was a man who prayed to God for help on the spot. (See Nehemiah 2:4)
As a result, Nehemiah was a leader filled with faith.
He insisted, “the gracious hand of my God is upon me.”
And “the God of heaven will give us success.”
There is no doubt here. God will be gracious and provide.
Nehemiah is a fine example of a leader who trusts God to give success and provide whatever is needed!
So as we read this we can ask ourselves… “how do I face the day?”
Do we ask for God’s help to provide what we need before we begin the day or as we go through the day?
After we ask, can we rest in God for His provision? Do we trust Him to give us success and are we confident as we go about our work?
All these are good questions to contemplate.
Often we are more the opposite.
We flounder our way through a day.
Before we even begin the day, we can neglect to pray.
Then we wonder why we are lacking confidence and doubting God’s provision.
The Bible tells us “Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2c NKJV
If we follow Nehemiah’s example, we will ask God for what we need, and fully trust Him to provide and even to give us success!
Is that what your faith walk is like?
Or are we too rusty in the morning to even begin the day the right way?
As we renew our minds with God’s Word and hang on His promises, our confidence increases.
Last week I started exercising (I meant to begin this January 1st….) on the indoor exercise bike.
While I was pedaling, I listened to praise music.
Sure enough, my spirits soared after only thirty minutes of pedaling and praising.
We need to work at filling our minds with praise and godly thoughts of joy, especially at this time of year.
I have a Bible Verse on top of my kitchen sing, actually above the window that reads, “This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
The New King James Version says it well…. “WE WILL rejoice and be glad in it.” It is a conscious choice to be glad.
The other versions all say, “Let us be glad and rejoice in it…”
Choose happy thoughts.
Choose God’s thoughts and promises over the enemies.
I will too.
Let’s go today and God will give us success. He will put His gracious hand upon us and around us as He did for Nehemiah.
But only as we ask and believe.
Let’s get the rust out and get God’s Word in.
Blessed Monday Dear reader.