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Nehemiah was in the presence of the King Artaxerxes but his facial expressions showed the feelings of the heart. Nehemiah was sad because the city of Jerusalem had been destroyed. Nehemiah wanted to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. Nehemiah prayed to God first and then answered the king. Nehemiah was requesting that the king send him to rebuild Jerusalem walls. The king granted his request and requested a time when he would return.At some point in our lives we have felt sadness. If you look back over your life our saddest moments more than likely occur when we aren’t connected to God. I can honestly say that when Jesus Christ was not my main focus, I was not joyful in spirit. Just looking at this passage makes me think back over my own life and see that I was sad because I wasn’t connected to the vine when I was in the world. God created me so he was also sad that his child had turned away from him.
This passage teaches that Jerusalem had to be cleaned up, restored and rebuilt. Same way when we have turned to the ways of the world. God has to clean us up, restore us and rebuild our minds, bodies, and spirits. Once this happens God can use us the way he wants to use us and his will be done in our lives and on earth.How does God clean you up? He cleans us up by removing anything from our lives that are not of him. When the Holy Spirit is within us we live to please God more and more. We don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit by continuing to deliberately sin against God. (Read Ephesians 4:30)
How does he restore us? God is able to restore us through prayer and reading the Bible. We must be hungry for the word of God and hungry to hear a word from him. Our prayer life should never cease because we need God to restore us to the place he would have us to be. (Read Psalm 51:12)Now the rebuilding process can begin because we can grow spiritually from drinking milk to being able to eat solid food. (Read Hebrews 5:13-14) We are reading God’s word and mediating on it day and night.
We will feel emptiness in the inside as long as we are running from the calling that God has placed on our lives. We will never feel complete and will always be looking for someone or something to fill that void in our hearts.Today, I tell you that God wants to be connected with us in the most intimate way. He wants us to draw closer to him. Jesus died on the cross so that we may be saved from an eternal death. Jesus Christ has given us a future of hope because he was the sacrifice for all of our sins. We offer thanksgiving and praise for what Jesus did long ago.
If you have a relationship with Christ, keeping pressing on in Jesus name. If you don’t have a relationship with Christ, I encourage you to invite him into your life. He wants to hear from you. He is waiting for you with open arms. He loves you and so do I. I want you to experience the same joy that God has given me and many others that follow him.Prayer:
Jesus we invite you into our lives to fill those empty places and restore us back to the place that you would have us to be. Clean us up Lord and remove anything from our lives that is not pleasing in your sight. Lord, we say yes to your will and way! Lord just make us over! In Jesus name, Amen!