“Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; . . . “Nehemiah 2:12 (NKJV)
“Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.””Luke 22:70-71(NKJV)
Sometimes it’s very difficult to pick between a passage you’ve noted from you Bible Reading. So today, I want to touch on both of my highlights.
The first one from Nehemiah 2:12. Whenever I read this passage I’m always taken with the fact that Nehemiah did not share with the people what God put his heart. This is always been interesting to me because I feel at times we share things way too quickly. If God puts something into our hearts, we need to allow some time for us to prayerfully consider it. We also need to be sensitive to when the Lord would have us share it with people. Timing seems to be so very important in the things of God.
The second highlight is from Luke 22:70-72. It just struck me as I read this morning, that these people really wanted to kill Jesus! He was an extreme threat to their religious establishment. I think the same is true today. Not that people literally want to kill Christians, (yet some do) but they are so threatened by true religion and relationship with Christ. The demands of Christianity to live a godly, moral and servant lifestyle threatens their selfish sinfulness.
It’s easy at this point to apply this to everyone else. But I have always felt that God wants to speak to me through His Word. Because these two verses caused me to pause as I read them, I believe the Lord is just stirring them up in me again.
First I need to be sure that what God puts in my heart I am willing to wait for the right timing to share it with people. If I don’t, their lack of faith and understanding about what God has put in my heart can taint my enthusiasm to believe God for the impossible.
Secondly, I need to be sure that I am living a surrendered, self denied and crucified life so that people may see my good works and glorify my Father. Galatians 5:19-26 explains the difference between living in the flesh and living in the Spirit. Then verses 22 & 23 talk about what it looks like when the Spirit is in control of their lives. It finishes by saying that if we let the Spirit control our lives no law would condemn us. So I strive to let the Spirit control every aspect of my life.
Father I pray today that I would remain faithful to You and to Your Word. Help me to believe and embrace the things you put in my heart. Increase my faith to help me see that the plans you have for me will come to be.
Also Father help me to live a life that would be morally blameless before You and before men. I realize that I am no better than any man and my greatest desire is to represent You well!