What Do You Do When You Are Broken Down?

Nehemiah 1:4: “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

“I’m in great trouble and disgrace,” Kevin said as he looked out my office window.

As I pulled my chair closer to Kevin, I asked what happened.

“I’ve wasted a lot of money on alcohol.” He paused for a moment and continued, “My marriage is broken down, and my family no longer trusts me.”

The book of Nehemiah came to mind. I suggested that Kevin could do what Nehemiah did when he realized the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, and its gates had been burned with fire. I read Nehemiah 1:4 to him.

With a nod, Kevin said he mourned, but he never fasted and prayed.

In verses 6-7, Nehemiah also confessed his sins, the sins of his father’s house, and the sins of the people. Nehemiah confessed their disobedience to the “commands, decrees and laws [God] gave [his] servant Moses.”

I asked Kevin if he was ready to confess his sins.

At first, Kevin blamed his wife, the children, neighbors, his boss, and co-workers. Eventually he admitted his own disobedience to God’s commandments.

I asked Kevin if he would confess his sins, revere God’s name, and ask him for favor.

With another nod, Kevin said he had tried everything else and failed. He would try God’s way now.

Are you in great trouble and disgrace? What needs rebuilding in your life? Nehemiah asked God for success. Will you ask also?

Dear God, please help me rebuild my life and give me success. Amen.

Application: When will you pray, fast, and confess your sins to God this week?

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