Nehemiah 2:3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
Nehemiah is sad before the king. He was the king’s cup bearer. He could not legally be sad in the king’s presence. The king asks the reason for his sadness and he replies that he knows of the devastation of his people and the city of God. He is broken hearted.
I wonder how many of us even consider the condition of the world, the church, lost people etc. Do you ever ask God to work all over the world? Do you pray for the church that is in such sad condition in our country and around the world.
Have you considered the plight of those that have never heard? What does it take to make you sad? Do you get more sad over the state of the economy than the eternal condition of souls? Does the fact that your net worth or retirement is in trouble bother you more than the need of a gospel preacher to other parts of the world?
I love how Nehemiah has a broken heart. He hears of the need. He cannot rest. He must do something about it. By the way he will do much more than just be sad. This whole book is about how he gives his life to be used of God. It is about how God turns the king’s cup bearer into a greatly used servant of God.
You, too, can be used of God. He has a plan for your life. It really had very little to do with your financial success or health. It has more to do with the spreading of God’s glory all around the world.
Will you at least think about it? Will you at least get sad about the needs? Will you ask God how He could use you? Will you place yourself at His disposition?
I pray that God will break your heart today! I pray that you will want to serve God more than you want to live. God bless each of you!