(Nehemiah 2:1-3)…We find Nehemiah waiting patiently for God’s perfect timing. Do we do that? Over the last year and a half I’ve seen God’s perfect timing play out in my own life. The changes that God brought into my life happened rather quickly, but at the same time I had many moments that I needed to rely on Him. The scariest thing had to be moving without a job. I trusted that God had a job all ready for me. And He did.
The next thing that I had to trust God for was how He was going to work out my relationship with Vanessa. I didn’t know 100% where God was going to lead us. Over the course of 6 or so months He lead us to deciding to get married. Now that we’re married we still need to trust Him each day to guide us in our marriage, but also guide our lives to be what He intends.
None of us knows the plans God has for us, but we do have the promise of His plans. That’s where are faith comes in, trusting God will reveal His plans to us when we are ready.
(1 John 5:14-15)…The one thing I think many of us forget, when it comes to prayer, is that it’s not about persuading God, it’s about changing us. If we have a powerful prayer life, we’ll find that our lives will be changing. Part of the Holy Spirits work in our lives happens while we prayer. He not only makes our prayer acceptable to God but also works in our hearts to make our prayers fall in line with God’s will.
You’ll find that those that have the most changing going on in their lives, good change that is, probably have a pretty strong and consistent prayer life. And we’ll know when our prayers are what they ought to be because we’ll see how everything falls in line. The thing to be careful of is not to start thinking that all of this change and being in God’s will comes instantly. Part of God’s will is His perfect timing as well. We’ll never know what His timing is but we are promised that He has a plan for it all.
We really don’t have to worry about a thing, when we realize that God’s got a perfect plan for it all. And if we start making prayer a consistent part of our lives we’ll begin to see change in our lives, and we know that’s nothing to worry about as well!
(Nehemiah 4:1-23) In our lives we face many challenges, and yet as Christians we have one amazing promise. We have God’s promise of being with us until the end, helping us carry out His plan. We can choose to go it alone, and struggle and fight through the challenges, and sometimes we may even get through them. However, the hardship we face trying to go it alone will be so much greater than when we have God on our side, giving us what we need to get through.
Our alternative can always be to give up, but as Christians our faith is what gives us the ability to push forward and rely on God for what we need. In all that we do, and come across, we need to look to God for everything that we need.
(2 Chronicles 34:1-13) Josiah didn’t have the Scriptures to follow as a guide for his life, however it would seem that God was working in his heart anyways. We have this and more today. God can still work in our lives through the Holy Spirit, but we are blessed even more with the availability of the Scripture.
As Christians today we are blessed to have the Holy Spirit and God’s Word available to change us each day. The Holy Spirit can work on us without much work on our part, but picking up God’s Word and reading is something we have to make a decision to do. There really is no excuse to why we can’t read the Bible it is more available to English speaking people than any other language, it would seem. We even have different types of Bible’s to choose from.
God calls us to seek His wisdom from the Word that He has given us. We need to be looking there for the guidance we need each day in our lives. There is no excuse…only laziness and sinfulness.