When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4
There is a lot of weeping that goes on when bad things happen around the world. People are at a loss when a great catastrophe occurs that harms or kills loved ones and friends. As people weep and cry out, they are weeping over their loss and pain, then out of the anger and pain they often get angry with God for allowing the bad things to occur instead of turning to Him for help.
Nehemiah was given word that the walls had been broken down in Jerusalem. He then mourned, fasted and prayed before God for many days.
Catastrophes occur in the lives of many people and groups of people on a regular basis around the world. As the world gets angry at God and tries to strike back, believers have a choice to make.
Many believers fall into the same trap as the world at getting angry with why God would allow these things to occur. Some will choose to walk away from God out of the pain and suffering. They are blinded by the ways of the world and selfish desires, not understanding God and His ways.
Sometimes God allows suffering to occur to get people to turn their eyes back onto Him and away from sin.
Strong believers will see the pain and suffering and begin to weep over the sins of themselves and others. Then they will deny their own selfish desires going into a fast and seek God’s mercy, forgiveness, direction and favor. Admission of sin and guilt will be at the top of their prayer list, rather than accusation and anger.
Take a look around you and see what pain and suffering that is occurring on a regular basis. In all of that pain and suffering, how many are actually following God and how many have rejected God?
This can also be an inner reflection on your own personal life. Are you serving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength? Or have you turned away from Him in sin and selfish pride?
If you see sin, then it is time to weep and begin fasting and praying to God to see a change. This is a change in the lives of others and in your own personal life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see the world as God sees it; that you will weep over your own sins and the sins of others; that you will fast for God’s mercy and forgiveness; and that you will seek God’s direction in living for Him.