“When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials.” Nehemiah 5:6-7.
Note what Nehemiah didn’t do. He didn’t take immediate action. His anger gave way to thought.
I now read Scripture looking for things I can apply to myself. Today’s verses screamed out to me.
As I read verse six I thought of my need to hear what is happening in my midst and to have a reaction to it. Don’t be so blasé.
But then verse seven followed. Nehemiah pondered before he took action.
I get riled up. I take immediate action and often regret it later.
There is a sequence given here. I do need to be tuned into what is happening in my midst, BUT I also need to react in a Godly fashion. To react as I should, involves an immediate connect to God: “What do You want me to do here?”
Sometimes there isn’t much time but often there is.
I covered a cross country meet yesterday. It was very hot and many of the runners were in pain. A girl from one team collapsed nearing the finish line. A girl from another team was part of the group that came over to help. That other-team girl stayed with someone she hardly knew nearly forty-five minutes because as she told me, “I saw that she was in a lot of pain and I had to help.”
I need to tune in to those around me. I need to see them as God sees them.
I need to ask God for the appropriate actions to take. He knows what’s best.
Conclusion: I must see those in my surroundings better and react when/how He wants me to react.