by Wally Fry
Monday, March 18
The Timing of These Events
“O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer,” Nehemiah 1:11.
At this point, there had been two waves of returns to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity. Some thirteen years had passed since Ezra headed home, and reports had come back to Nehemiah that were not good. The wall of the city was still torn down, and the possibility that the newly rebuilt Temple could be destroyed by enemies was very real. We can see by his reaction that Nehemiah was very distressed by this news.
First, Nehemiah prayed; he prayed as we all should pray—asking God to forgive his errors and that His will might be accomplished. He petitioned God openly and honestly for what he felt on his heart. In this case, it was that the wall of the city be restored and the Temple and people be safe. This was truly a great prayer.
Nehemiah did far more than just pray, however. Our devotional verse closes with this, “For I was the king’s cupbearer.” Nehemiah had a plan and was ready to leap into action. He understood the need, he prayed for the need, and he looked at how he might actually be the instrument God had selected to fill that need. Nehemiah brought something that we all can possess; he brought something that requires no training or knowledge at all. He brought his willingness and availability. If we bring that and offer it to God, He will take care of the little details like skill and ability. Are we available?
JUST A THOUGHT: God does not always call the equipped, but He always equips the called.