What Is It You Want?

Nehemiah: 2:4: “The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?'”

When we start to rebuild our lives, relationships, jobs, finances or health, we need time and possibly materials or letters of recommendation. We may be like Nehemiah and look sad because of our need to rebuild. The king told Nehemiah, “This can be nothing but sadness of heart” (verse 2).

When we experience that sadness of heart, we can do as Nehemiah did. The king asked him what was wrong, and Nehemiah told him the truth, “Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” We can go before the King of Kings and pour out our hearts to him. God knows anyway. We can tell him about a recent diagnosis of cancer or heart trouble, our finances or whatever needs rebuilding.

Let’s go back to Nehemiah. The king asked, “What is it you want?” Nehemiah knew his list by heart. In verses 7-8, he asked the king for letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates for safe conduct to Judah and a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, for timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple, for the city wall and for his own residence. Not only did the king provide the letters, he also sent some army officers and cavalry with Nehemiah.

Our heavenly Father is also generous with us. When we tell him what we need or the desires of our heart, he provides. Nehemiah moved forward on his rebuilding, but he faced mockery and ridicule from Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Gehsem the Arab. We will also face opposition. We need to remember that Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

Nehemiah did not halt his rebuilding because of his enemies. In verse 20 he said, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding.” We can stand strong in our God who will also give us success and we too can start rebuilding.

Dear God, help me rebuild my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Application: When will I tell God what I need to rebuild my life?

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Copyright 2010, Yvonne Ortega, , LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

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