Where does God want to use you?

Nehemiah knew that sin brings punishment, but he also knew that God is ever merciful and willing to restore when there is penitence. Deuteronomy 30:1-3~(NIV) Not only that, he realized the seriousness of the situation in his homeland. Going and Doing: Troubling, Arrested, A Knock.

Opportunity Knocks (Nehemiah 2:1-8). The opportune time always come by divine design. Nehemiah 2:1-2~…in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king…And the king said…Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart…(ESV). As we walk out our faith, we are confronted by moments, as the Lord knocks and asks us to participate. These divine moments hold for us the challenge of responding without overstepping. When a question, situation, or set of circumstances come into our lives we often do not hold the correct answer, but then it seemingly shows up and we share. Man, that was awesome, for most of us our problem is not in the response, but the rebuttal. When a second question is presented and we answer it with the book of opinions chapter 9. 

In the story of going and doing found here in Nehemiah, four months had gone by before Nehemiah approached the king. By then he had plenty of time to see if his was simply an emotional response to bad news, or if God were truly leading him to do something. We gather the burden did not diminish, but rather grew stronger every day. Listen to the last part of Isaiah 28:16~See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. (NIV) How do you respond when opportunity knocks?

Nehemiah, who is prayed up and ready, makes a blog request. Like his forefathers who ate the Passover walking sticks in hand, he is ready for the Lord to move in his life. Our Takeaway: Where does God want to use you? Like so many others, Nehemiah was put into a position to be an instrument with influence for God’s purposes. Like Nehemiah, we should never be afraid to work where God sends us, knowing He will provide. Proverbs 21:1~In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. (NIV) Let’s take these 21-Days and let God build a new you.  

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