We have to recognize and take action when the enemy has devastated our lives on any level.
In the Book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah recognized that Jerusalem was ruined. Some of the people were exiled and others remained in the province though the wall was broken down and the gates burned (Nehemiah 1:3, NIV).
Nehemiah, who was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, wept and fasted for days when he heard of the condition of Jerusalem.
He cried out to God saying, Lord, You told Moses that if Your people returned to You, You would gather them and bring them back to the place where You have chosen as a dwelling place for Your name (verses 8-9).
Then Nehemiah asked God to give him success because he was going to ask the king permission to go and rebuild Jerusalem.
King Artaxerxes granted him permission and Nehemiah traveled to the city and evaluated it at night. He did not reveal to anyone what he had discussed with the king. He just examined Jerusalem at night privately.
Eventually he disclosed his plans with the Jews, the priests, and the officials. Nehemiah pointed out the crumbling city, and said, “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
And they responded by declaring, “Let us start rebuilding.” And then the people began working.
Like Nehemiah, the Lord wants us to admit to the circumstances that have left us distraught. Next, He wants us to cry out to Him in prayer. And as we are praying, the Father will provide to us specific instructions on how to rebuild our lives so we will no longer be disgraced.
You do not have to tell everybody your plans. Assess your life privately with Jehovah and He will show you who to trust and with whom you should work with to rebuild your life, so you all can collaborate in strengthening God’s kingdom.
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