Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 1:1-4 and 2 Chronicles 36:15-23
Before diving into the book of Nehemiah, it’s important to understand the context behind the story. 2 Chronicles helps us understand that. During this time, King Cyrus of Persia released the exiles because God put it on his heart, which would have been unheard of at this time. The people were going back to rebuild the temple. 100 years go by, and that’s when we get to Nehemiah. Nehemiah leads the charge because God wants his wall rebuilt. Nehemiah shows us the path to addressing unfinished business.
Three prerequisites to clear vision in our life:
1. Assess the problem. | Verse 4, “When I heard these words..”.Nehemiah cared about what God cared about and he wanted to know the truth. Do we investigate the needs around us and look beyond what is just convenient?
2. Acknowledge the discontent. | Verse 4, “I sat down and wept..”.Nehemiah was emotionally invested in what takes place in his homeland. When God puts a burden on your heart, don’t ignore that burden, but instead let it trouble you. We all need a Popeye moment where vision starts to culminate: holy discontent. Devote your life to that which you cannot get over.
3. Answer the call. | Verse 4 Nehemiah was, “praying and fasting..”. Nehemiah raised his hand and answered the call to do what God called him to do and we should do the same. He did not just get emotional and then forget about it- he stepped up and led. This decision Nehemiah made leads to a transformation that lasts for generation.
Discuss around your table today (or any place you gather):
- Do you have unfinished business in your life? If so, what may it be and how can you address it?
- Has God placed a burden on your heart that maybe you have been ignoring? What is it that you cannot stand? After this morning, what are next steps for you in this?
- Have you surrendered this over to the Lord and allowed him to use you in this? How are you going to answer the call?