Monday, January 30, 2012

Making plans

[16] And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work. [17] Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. [18] Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. Nehemiah 2:16-18

Nehemiah gives a “pep talk”. I can picture Nehemiah getting everyone together and laying out the plan. Okay guys this is the way it is, “we’re in a bit of distress here, the city is ruined and the gates are burnt down. Let’s get up and build it back up.”

His excitement was bursting forth and everyone was getting energized with him. They all wanted to build up their city. Maybe they put their hands in a circle on top of each other; maybe they got on their knees in the middle of the room. We are not told but we know that God gave them the strength “for this good work.”

Are you discouraged with something in your life? God gives us the strength to do the right thing.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Have a blessed day,

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