How many of you are blessed by our Heavenly Father? I think that many! (Ephesians 1:3)
This week I want to talk to all those people who are blessed by our God. Many of us live a comfortable life that has been improving as our professional careers has grown. We have positions of influence either here in USA or in our country. We are really not suffering like others are.
There was a successful person like you in the Bible, who was living comfortably and in abundance. He had a great position, a great career and life was everything he wanted it to be. This man was Nehemiah, a Jew that lived in Persia and was the cupbearer to king Artaxerxes, king of Persia.
Nehemiah had a very blessed life in Persia and the favor of God surrounded him in everything he did. But one day news reached Nehemiah that his Jewish people living in Judah were suffering, that the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed and people had lost hope. When Nehemiah heard this bad news, he could have chosen to ignore the troubles of others or could have even said, “let another person help them out, I am a busy man in the kingdom of Persia.” But instead of having that attitude, look what this man did, two things:
1 He prayed with a heart full of compassion, listen to his prayer!
“6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 8 “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. 9 But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth,[a] I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.“Nehemiah 1: 6,8, 9
How many of us when we pray, take the pain of our neighbor as our own, or ask forgiveness of the sins of others as if we were our own faults ?Nehemiah did not pray in third or second person! He prayed in FIRST person. The cause of others, he made it his own, the pain of others was his, and the sin of others he asked forgiveness as if he had committed it!
2 Nehemiah acted! – He decided to present himself before the king of Persia, one of the most cruel kings of Persia, to make requests. Nehemiah did not only request time off to go and rebuild the city of his people, but he also asked for letters of recommendation to hand out to the governors of the neighboring towns of Judah and last he also requested wood to rebuild the doors of the city. King Artaxerxes gave him absolutely everything, and not only that, he designated captains of the army to accompany him, for God’s favor was with Nehemiah. ” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.”Nehemiah 2: 8
I can assure you, that just like Nehemiah, when God touches your heart to do something for your neighbor, and your answer is, “here I am, I will go”, God will support you with his FAVOR.
In reading the book of Nehemiah, you will learn that everything that he set his heart to do, Nehemiah completed successfully. He built the city and its walls. Sure, it was an extensive job, it was not easy, the odds were against him. Other nations wanted to fight him and deception was used to trick him but God saved him from all of it!
This man of God fulfilled his MISSION. Do you want to fulfill your purpose? But the one ingredient that moved Nehemiah to act, was ONE THING and one thing only. He was moved by COMPASSION. He had God´s compassion in his heart. But many of us now a days have developed callus in our hearts because we get so used to hearing of the suffering that goes on around us.
My blessed friend, what God has placed in your heart, you have to, only you. You alone are the solution to that problem that God put in your heart. Nobody else can accomplish what was set for you to do.
Now, be like Nehemiah and fulfill your purpose. Its not about just crying for the pain of others but to accompany our tears with action. You already have been blessed and it was not only for yours to keep, you were blessed so you can share it.
Today my friend, I CHALLENGE you to pray that God’s compassion moves your heart to act!