Nehemiah 1:1-4, The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven …
Nehemiah 6:3, And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
I love the Book of Nehemiah. It’s a book filled with so many tremendous truths. It’s a book that deals with spiritual leadership. It’s a book that deals with building something for God. It’s a book that deals with God laying something on the heart of a man and the man’s willingness to do it.
The Book of Nehemiah is a GREAT BOOK because it revolves around a GREAT MAN who served a GREAT GOD and saw a GREAT NEED, which led him to surrender to do a GREAT WORK!
Whether we recognize it or not, there is a GREAT WORK that God desires for all of us to find, follow after, and finish prior to going home to heaven [Ephesians 2:8-10; Luke 2:49; John 17:4; 2 Timothy 4:7].
*A GREAT WORK is any work that God calls or leads us to do, regardless of how big or how small, that is done in His name, for His glory, and for the good of others!
Nehemiah, like so many others in the Bible, and throughout history, was a man who recognized what it meant to be CALLED BY, OR LED BY GOD TO DO A GREAT WORK!
“What do I mean by ‘calling’? For the moment let me say simply that calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service. This truth—calling—has been a driving force in many of the greatest ‘leaps forward’ in world history—the constitution of the Jewish nation at Mount Sinai, the birth of the Christian movement in Galilee, and the sixteenth-century Reformation and its incalculable impetus to the rise of the modern world, to name a few.”
Over the next few posts we will consider a few of the many principles that can be learned from this man named Nehemiah. A man who found something worth living for, and if need be, dying for. A man who became CONSUMED WITH A CAUSE and surrendered himself to a GREAT WORK!
TO BE CONTINUED …..
“The trouble is that, as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for. Some feel they have time but not enough money; others feel they have money but not enough time. But for most of us, in the midst of material plenty, we have spiritual poverty.”
JUST REFLECTING ON A GREAT GOD, A GREAT NEED AND THE GREAT WORK!