Welcome to Week 16 of the Word Wednesday Challenge! This week, we find ourselves in Nehemiah. Check out the verse that stood out to me as I read this book, then jump down to the comments and share what speaks to you from Nehemiah’s words. Or, if you’re blogging alongside us, leave a link to your blog about Nehemiah below. Ready?
Nehemiah 2:4-5a–The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king.”
Oh, Nehemiah! That response was “perfectly perfect in every way.” I wish I did that more often! I am forever guilty of being a little bit like the Apostle Peter. My mouth opens up and words pour out before my brain has a chance to intervene. And don’t get me started on emails. There are quite a few I’d like to hook through time and reel back in, largely because they made me sound so, uhm, stupid. Ugh.
Nehemiah had come to the king to request permission to rebuild Jerusalem. He’d prayed to God in chapter one and asked for favor in the king’s presence. I believe he already recognized his position as cupbearer to the king had uniquely suited him to make this request. He already knew what he had to do, yet, when the king questioned him, he didn’t open his mouth. I love the fact he makes a point of saying he prayed to God and then he answered.
Thanks for the lesson, my friend. How much better would it be for me–and for those around me–if I took a pause to pray, particularly before I make big, life-altering decisions/comments/suggestions? A much needed reminder, and one I might need to tape to my computer. 🙂