TUESDAY January 10, 2017
Do You Give a Care?
…Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire? - Nehemiah 2:3
Nehemiah was a person who cared for people––it was seen in his countenance. Caring, is very important in the character of a good leader. He not only cared for the present needs of the people before him but the traditions of the past––the biblical principles that were taught by Abraham, Jacob and even Moses. He showed genuine concern over the people’s hopes for the future. He may have asked himself, “What would be the future of the city and its people? Would everything continue after I am gone?”
Nehemiah cared about his ancestral city and his heritage but most importantly he was mindful about bringing glory and honor to his God. Nehemiah revealed his care in different ways. He did not stay silent, he inquired about his brethren, (Nehemiah 1:2). Then he travelled to Jerusalem and felt the people’s hardships himself (Nehemiah 2:11-17). Nehemiah, in his concern for the people, became open to whatever God wanted to do through him. He never became comfortable in the courts of King Artaxerxes and set his face to pray for God’s wisdom for the crisis.
What about us? Sometimes we do not care for others like Nehemiah. Instead of being open to what God has for our lives, we think only of ourselves. It may be time for you to leave the secure, comfortable position you have and do what God desires for your life. Will you commit yourself to prayer and ask God to provide for all the necessities?
Do you care about your Christian heritage? Will you be prepared for the future in prayerfully raising qualified people whom God has anointed––to carry on the vison and work of the Lord for when you have gone?
And let the beauty of the Lordour God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.
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