When sad news hits you what is your first response... what do you do? What about a difficult challenge?
I will never forget the day we learned Andrew, while still in the womb, may be born with Trisomy 18. If this were indeed the case he would have likely died sometime in his first year of life. The test was noninvasive, and we elected to see if he indeed had the syndrome. The test would take about 2 weeks to get results. Those were long weeks. When the we learned this might be a possibility, it was like a ton of bricks hitting us... we were dumbfounded. But in the midst of it all there was a peaceful and quiet assurance.
Every time you see Nehemiah confronted with tragedy, sadness, challenges, and more, his response was universally the same... pray. He would take time to consult the Heavenly Father and get His mind on the matter. In each instance he was able to see much done with peace in his own heart. This was because he turned to the Almighty not Artaxerxes, the King of Kings not just a king, not the prince of Persia but the Prince of Peace.
In that moment with Andrew, there was peace because we turned to the Lord. It was still a long two weeks, but it was accompanied with peace and assurance that only God can give. Andrew is a happy healthy little stinker now with no issues... the test were negative. I am assured if things were different we would have had just as much peace.
I don’t know how those who don’t know the Lord make it... but I also don’t know how those who know Him and yet don’t fellowship with Him make it! Take time to fellowship with the Lord today... when troubles hit, turn to HIM.
Daily Scripture Reading
Nehemiah 1 - 3
Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
• Where is Shushan?
• What is a cupbearer?
• How did Nehemiah hear of the state of Jerusalem?
• Why was Nehemiah concerned to talk to the King about the matter?
• How did Nehemiah inspect the walls?
• Why is each area of the wall described, and we are told who worked on it?