Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,” Nehemiah 1:5
Knowing who a person is can be very important when one wants to make a request of that person. There has to be an understanding that the person has the ability to fulfill the request.
One does not want to go to a person with a request, that is completely unable to fulfill that request. That person may not be in the right position or have the power to grant the request. Asking him would then be a waste of time and energy.
Nehemiah had a concern, a situation that he wanted to be dealt with. He had a desire to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and the temple. He knew that he had to go before the king with the request, the only one who could grant the answer. However, his first step was to go before God with the request.
He recognized that God was a great and awesome God who truly loved His people and would be faithful. God was the only one who truly had the power to grant the desire or to make it happen. Without God on his side, the desire would not occur.
God has not changed since the time of Nehemiah. He is still a great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of love. God loves every person and wants what is best for the person. He is still the one in control and can grant every desire as needed.
There will be times when a believer has a need to be fulfilled. Instead of going to another person first, he must seek God and His favor. Realize that God is the one in control, not a person, company or anything else.
Take a moment today to realize how much God loves you. Remember that Jesus died for you showing how great His love for you is. Now be willing to go before Him with your requests.
As you present your requests to Him, first honor Him with who He is. Recognize God’s greatness and love. Worship God first and foremost, before making a request.
God wants your heart and obedience more than anything else. As you worship Him for who He is, He will be enabled to give you the answers you need.
I pray today that you will know who Jesus is; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will know God’s great faithfulness; and that you will worship God first before any request.
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites–men, women and children–gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. Ezra 10:1
Every day people are being caught for doing something wrong. Some things are small things, such as speeding, while others are major things, such as murder. Often there is some type of sorrow being showed when the person is caught.
There are two different types of sorrow that get shown. The most common is the sorrow at being caught. People do not always see what they did as being really that bad or something wrong. It is common for people to go down the highway speeding, even though they know the speed limit. When caught, they are sorry they got caught, and then go speeding again.
Others have a true sorrow being shown. They are sorry from the heart at what they had done wrong.
Ezra was showing the second sorrow, sorrow for what they had done wrong as a nation. The people followed him in this sorrow with bitter weeping. They were not just saying that they were sorry, they acted upon their being sorry and made the needed changes.
There are people today who have been confronted by God directly or through others about a sin in their lives. Some are sorry that they got caught, while others are truly sorry for the sin.
Just saying ‘I’m sorry’ does not mean that one is truly sorry for what was done. It may or may not be true. A breaking of the heart shows true sorry. It is realizing that one has broken God’s heart by sinning and how bad that really is. It tears the person up and causes them to weep bitterly and strive to change their ways. It causes them to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness, because they know what they deserve.
As with everyone, you have made some mistakes and sinned against God. You may be confronted with that sin through reading His word, God speaking to you, or someone saying something that reveals it to you.
In that sin being exposed, you have a choice to make. You can regret getting caught, or you can weep and confess the sin. Allow God to break your heart and cause a change in your life. It will bring about true relief and a removal of the sin. Don’t keep hiding the sin, but allow God to forgive you.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will truly repent of all sins against God; that you will weep when you have sinned against God; and that you will know God’s mercy and forgiveness of your sins.