Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Nehemiah’s heart was awakened one morning. It was not because a beautiful sunrise that came up over the fortress of Susa, or from a passage of scripture he came across while reading the Torah. Nehemiah’s heart was awakened by tragedy.
He heard of the condition his people were living in while in Jerusalem. He heard of the susceptibility to danger they had to endure because of the broken down city walls. He heard of the disgrace they felt for having to live in the shadow of their former glory.
It was sadness that awoke Nehemiah’s heart. As he observed the culture that was near to his heart God began to stir up a desire for action. The action began in prayer and fasting, continued as God granted favor with those who could help bring change, and was fulfilled through a building project. He allowed sadness to lead him strait into the will of God.
As you observe the culture around you, what stands out to you? What is the injustice that stirs your soul in the most uncomfortable way? That divine irritation may be the leading of the Holy Spirit. Let that sadness be the seedbed you plant prayer and fasting into. Let God write the blueprints of His next endeavors on your heart and grace you with favor beyond your own expectations. Let sadness break you so that redemption can flow through you.
Vision is often born as discontentment moves through our soul. Allow yourself to feel. Allow God to speak through your sadness. Let it move you closer to the culture God wants you to extend his Kingdom into. Don’t resist the uncomfortable seasons between sadness and restoration. Pray. Fast. Dream. Plan. Talk to people about. Watch as God moves through you in amazing ways.
There is injustice that God wants to make right through you. Turn inward and see where he’s leading you and what He would have for you to do, then take a risk and do it.