Monday, November 4, 2013

nehemiah

 A few weeks ago I was reading Nehemiah and this verse has constantly been playing through my mind. At first glance, maybe you're trying to figure out why it has stayed with me. Without giving a super long synopsis of the context of the book & chapter, the basic premise is that after years of exile from Jerusalem, God's people were returning but, with the walls laying in ruins, there was a great need to rebuild. Nehemiah knew he needed to rebuild the walls for both protection and to restore the Glory of God. He was a great leader and a man of continuous prayer.

So here's what has stuck with me about this verse: the enemies were coming and those rebuilding the wall did some serious prayer, but not only did they pray--they acted. "We prayed to our God AND posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." It's not that God couldn't manage on His own. The Jews were fearful that they were going to be slaughtered, but Nehemiah positioned people with swords and bows and told them not to fear for God would fight for them. Their enemies stopped when they found out that they knew about the plot and that God had frustrated it.

A relationship with Jesus isn't going between "Hey Jesus, I need your help on this one, so I'll step back and let you handle it all ..." or "Hey Jesus, I've got this one, so you can lay low..." It's more like

"Lord, show me what we are going to do."


Sometimes we are to act...and sometimes we need to just be still before the Lord. But if we are abiding in Him and seeking to hear His voice, then it will be easier to learn when to act and when to wait. These are just somethings the Lord has been teaching me lately & I pray that something of this will be an encouragement to you. Questions, comments, and further discussion are welcome. :]

1 comment:

  1. Liv-
    This is a great post. I have seen so many people using "waiting on the Lord" as an excuse to not do anything. Even when God calls us to be still we are still to be active - a great paradox. Thessalonions call us to pray without ceasing, give thanks and rejoice always….for this is God's will. While we are still we can become more attune to the voice of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit so that when he gives us direction, we are walking in the direction he has chosen. Love Nehemiah - great book!
    Thanks Liv!
    Laura

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