DMC under construction, April 1993

I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem” (Ne. 2:12b).

Nehemiah was a man of action who got things done. But he also knew to wait patiently upon God before acting. He prayed and fasted four months before making known his needs to King Artaxerxes. He waited three days in Jerusalem before first inspecting the walls and then rallying the city’s leaders to act.

It is in prayerful waiting that we understand what God has placed upon our hearts. In this “waiting” God’s vision germinates within us. The Spirit uses this time to ensure we are rooted in God (Mk. 4:8,17, Eph. 3:17), to develop our character and to soften the hearts of those with whom we must partner.

Nehemiah knew waiting upon God (Ps. 46:10) was vital because “unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain” (Ps. 127:1). The same is true for us.

Maybe God has placed something in your heart, something you are passionate about? I pray that you are encouraged by Nehemiah’s waiting.

Let us pray that, like Nehemiah, our Church leaders would wait upon the Lord until the assurance that the “gracious hand of God” is upon them (Ne. 2:18).

God Bless,