In chapter 1 we saw how broken Nehemiah was for his people, God’s people, when he learned of the sad state of Jerusalem. This brokeness likely stemmed from a deep love for God, a deep longing to bring Him glory, to see His promises fulfilled, to see His people restored.
Chapters Thus Far:
1 – Nehemiah broken when learns of state of Jerusalem; because he loves God and hurts to see the state of His people and desires to see His promise fulfilled.
As chapter 2 begins, we discover (4) months have passed and that, until this moment, he had not ‘let on’ of his sadness. It is worth remembering, as well, that the end of chapter 1 was a plea to God to find favor before the king and now, entering two, that moment of favor is coming to pass.
The king observes he is troubled and plainly asks what is bothering him.
The relationship between the king and Nehemiah appears to be very good, on terms that they speak casually and despite months of ‘thinking’ on the situation, Nehemiah is still terrified of offending the king and being considered a traitor. How does he handle this fear?
Hmmm!! Man…I could use more of that in my life…prayer…remembering God…seeking Him BEFORE I open my big ol’ mouth…ESPECIALLY if I have had months to plan and think I know what is going on. That is, in time where I think I have the best plan, how I wish I might follow Nehemiah’s example and still sincerely seek/honor God.
The King agrees and then Nehemiah asks for a few more specifics and then in v10 we read that are some not happy with this movement :
The 2nd part of Nehemiah 2 really got my mind whirling, especially when my boy, Ken Hicks, preached on this past Sunday…but I’ll circle back with that in the next post…for now, let me get my bearings around the first part of Chapter 2.
- Planning is natural, important, but seeking God is the most important thing we can do.
- Gods plan for restoring Jerusalem is unfolding through Nehemiah
- Nehemiah prays, at length, ending with supplication to God asking for favor before the King
- Four months pass before this request takes place. WAIT on the Lord!
- When opportunity arises, remember, seeking God is the most important things we can do.
- Opposition is inevitable.
Glory be to God.