“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.