Scripture: Nehemiah 1-5. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Nehemiah had spoken with fellow Jews who told him that the walls and gates of Jerusalem were in a state of disrepair. Nehemiah asked King Artaxerxes for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the fallen walls, and the king approved. When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, he organized the people into different groups and assigned them to different sections of the fallen walls. This project had faced opposition from Sanballat, Tobiah, and others, who tried to stop the completion of the project with insults, threats, etc. As Nehemiah continued to organize the people to complete specific tasks, Ezra led Jerusalem in worship and Bible instruction. Follow along in Nehemiah 1-5 to read about how Nehemiah persevered until the project was completed!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Nehemiah persevered through ridicule, insults, threats, etc., until the rebuilding project was completed. Anything can be accomplished when God helps those who honor Him. Anything is possible with God on our side, for He looks out for His children. Nehemiah poured his heart out to God after hearing about the condition of Jerusalem’s walls and gates. When trouble arises, we must first stop and pray. Each of us are capable of serving God, no matter what our positions are. We can always use our present positions to serve our Heavenly Father. We must never forget that God is bigger than any of our fears in life. God wants us to spend quality time with Him and keep a strong relationship with Him through in-depth prayer. As believers, we may be ridiculed and mocked. When this happens, we must refuse to respond in the same way or grow discouraged. Rather, we can pray to our Almighty Father, telling Him how we feel, and remember His promise that He will be with us each step of the way. The Bible often speaks about God’s concern for the poor and needy. We must always help others in need, mirroring God’s love and concern for others.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Nehemiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.