“The remnant that are left of the captivity…are in great affliction and reproach; the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire…I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”
Nehemiah saw the devastation of his people and decided to DO something about it.
As a CUPBEARER to the king, he heard of the great affliction and reproach among his people and the condition of the wall of Jerusalem.
He was so sad and MOVED with compassion that it COMPELLED him to fasting and prayer.
Here was a nation of people that God had made a COVENANT with, who were SET APART to be ABOVE ALL other nations. They had been abundantly blessed and now they were in a state of reproach, of shame. They did not follow God’s commandments and were defeated in battle.
Nehemiah sought God for a solution and God showed him what to DO.
The body of Christ today has been given this same covenant of blessings and victory. I want to be like Nehemiah MOVED with compassion and mercy.
Those in captivity, reproach, or shame need to receive God’s covenant. We have been SET APART for THIS time, for THIS community, for our area of influence. We have the ANSWER and the ability and power of the Holy Spirit in us. God will give us solutions to meet every need.
Let’s be DRIVEN to seek God like Nehemiah, to be MOVED by compassion and bring reconciliation, restoration and healing to broken lives.
Father, In Jesus’ name, I thank You that You have given me the ability to minister to those You are sending me. I thank You for Your compassion and mercy as I minister to those You have placed in my area of influence. Amen.
-Sam Smucker, The Worship Center, Lancaster PA