Nehemiah 2:4-5 (NIV®)
The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
Nehemiah was a Jewish man who had a great job as cupbearer for the king of Persia. One of the easiest ways to assassinate a king was to poison him, and the king needed a trusted person to serve (and sometimes sample) his food and drink before he consumed it. Nehemiah ate and drank as well as the king and was living a very comfortable life. But when he heard that Jerusalem was destroyed, he was heartbroken. He asked for and received the king’s permission and resources to rebuild the city. It’s an amazing story: Nehemiah wasn’t an engineer or a builder or even a stonecutter, but God gave him the assignment of rebuilding a city. God’s plan for you and me isn’t always about our plan for you and me. And it often doesn’t matter what our background is. God stepped into Nehemiah’s life and used him in a way that no one could have imagined to orchestrate a supernatural event. He will do the same for you and me if we are willing to say yes to His invitations.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are willing to use Your people to accomplish Your purposes. Thank You for allowing me to play a part in building Your Kingdom. Give me discernment to see beyond the boundaries I set for myself so that I might fulfill the plans You have for my life during my days in the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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