“Only God can bring out the best in us”
Tonight as I sit by my window, feeling the gentle breeze, watching the curtain sway back and forth I am lost in amazement of the Almighty God! After I finished Nehemiah 3 today, I meditated over this one thought, “It started with one: Eliashib took initiative and started building the Sheep Gate and then the rest followed..”. Wow! What a beautiful illustration of God’s extraordinary ways of bringing people together with one accord to accomplish a task.
Everyone made repairs.
Everyone has something special to help in re-building the wall.
God knew this and allowed for it all to form one by one. Our God is a Mighty God, a kind God, a loving God, a merciful God, and so much more! God is a God of details. He is perfect in His ways on His timing. His thoughts are perfectly orchestrated and as Jeremiah 29:11 says, they are full of peace to give us hope and a future. He knows exactly what to place, where to place it, and when to place it. He knows us best! He knows our strongest and weakest parts. He knows what we are capable of accimplishing. He knows our gifts and talents that only He can guide us to our best performance. He pushes us but He also brings out the best in us.
This is part of what He shows us in Nehemiah. God first broke Nehemiah’s heart for the people and for a cause of which God perfectly chose Nehemiah to fulfill. He knew Nehemiah was the perfect leader to lead the restoration of the wall. But God also brought others along to join in the efforts and accomplish His task. It took time but the wall was re-built. When one ended another began, the work continued until it was finished. God worked out all the details.
This is a pleasant reminder of how God moves and builds things in our lives. We cannot see the finished product, but if we believe and hold on to Jeremiah 29:11 we can know that the work has already began. He works out the details. Even if it seems like we are stuck and going nowhere, perhaps all that, is a break from the great task He has for us. Even if it seems we have reached a dead end, maybe it is a time to wait, for God has reinforcements coming our way. Even if it seems like the task will never get finished, for it is too big for us, you are probably right for we are human but God makes the impossible, possible. He has others coming to help, He has magnificent extraordinary ways to bring about His purpose to completion.
I encourage you this week to remember this: God is a God of details. He loves you. Father always knows best. At least I know I will be chanting this to myself as I continue to wait on my grad school application.
As always, you are loved and cherished more than you will ever know,
In His love,
“So shall My Word that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void. But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11