This post is Day 20 in a series of studies about “Nehemiah”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Nehemiah – Day 20
Nehemiah must have had moments of depression, wondering what more problems he could have! But he was never a man of a hasty decision. When he heard about the problems and disastrous state of Jerusalem, he did not rush into anything, but fasted and prayed. The Lord opened the door.
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Nehemiah must have had moments of depression, wondering what more problems he could have! But he was never a man of a hasty decision. Remember in chapter 1 when he heard about the problems and disastrous state of Jerusalem, he didn’t rush into anything, but fasted and prayed and then the Lord opened the door for him by the king asking the first question! Here, once more we see Nehemiah’s good leadership, and his consideration of the situation. He looked things over then he spoke to everybody at once. No small huddles in a private room, everyone concerned heard his encouragement at the same time.
His encouragement was a good one for us today; fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. There is much going on in our world at the moment that could, if allowed to continue, ruin many families. The news media seem to delight in giving bad news or reporting disputes, or warning us of impending doom. The Lord warned us in His Word of much that would happen as the end of time approached.
As we see these things in our world, we must pray for those who are not believers to see the truth before it is too late.
Read Matthew chapters 24-25 today and be encouraged to share your faith with others.
Ask yourself if there is enough oil in your own personal lamp; that’s a picture of Holy Spirit in our lives. Pray for more of Him to show you the truth, so that you can share more with others.