PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 7, 2018
The story of Nehemiah is a story about a man who was prompted by God to make a difference in the situation of his home city, Jerusalem. Nehemiah was the right man in the right place at the right time for God to use. He had vision – vision to see a problem . . . and its solution. And because he had vision, he had hope, and he was prompted to do something about what needed to change.
Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king. He was more than a “butler.” A cupbearer held a position of great responsibility. At each meal, he tested the king’s wine and food to make sure it wasn’t poisoned. If he died, then the king wouldn’t. Doesn’t sound like a great job, does it? But because he had access to the king, the cupbearer was a man of great influence. And Nehemiah had great vision – in spite of the challenges before him.
A visionary person . . . sees the need. A God-ordained vision will begin as a concern. Something will bother you about the way things are or the way things are headed. In those times, we need to be alert to how God may speak to us through our promptings. Nehemiah was prompted to change the status quo in Jerusalem.
Today, there are far more needs in the church, the world, and in our own lives than any of us has time or energy to meet, and no one is required to try to relieve them all. But may we hear the voice of the Lord through promptings to make a difference in our family, in our work place, in our neighborhood, and in our church! How is God prompting you and me to respond to the brokenness around us?