Reacting to a bad report

“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.  Then I said: ‘Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments….”Nehemiah 1:4-5.

I hear bad news.  How do I react?

Nehemiah explains how he did it in today’s verses.

Nehemiah took the news personally and reacted privately.

As part of his private reaction he interacted with God.

After a while, he felt empowered to move on with God.

I am confronted by bad news all the time.  Things don’t go the way they should.  I referenced our clothes washer yesterday.  I could also mention that we had a couple of pans stuck together.  How should I react to bad news?

I often choose the second part (move on) without the first part (interacting with God).  Things seldom go pleasantly when I do that.

I have often mentioned that if I had some warning before things happen, or before I speak, I could prepare myself to react in a Godly way.  But often I don’t.

I must have an unceasing relationship with God.  It is the only way!  I cannot schedule when difficulties will come along.  When they show up and I’m loose from God, I WILL NOT react in the best of Godliness.  I will react poorly instead.

Nehemiah spells out what he did, and it is beautiful to see how it works out.  Truly role model material!

Conclusion: I must react to everything in a Godly way.  I must be mindful of Him without ceasing.

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