Hedging a bet?
“They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” Nehemiah 4:8-9.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Nehemiah 3-4, and Luke 23.
Trusting God requires action on our part. Sometimes that “action” is inaction…….let go, let God. Other times that “action” is some direct involvement.
In today’s verses the action is direct involvement. They prayed and then they posted.
Earlier in Ezra there was a story of how on the trip back from Babylon to Jerusalem, they did not request that the Babylonians provide protection. Why? Because Ezra believed that the Babylonians would lose respect for his God if his God couldn’t take care of them.
In the Nehemiah story, the protection was put in place. As it turned out, that “protection” was never called into play. Maybe if the builders in Jerusalem had trusted God, they wouldn’t have had to worry so much about protecting themselves? Were they trying to “help” God? Maybe they were hedging their bet?
Maybe, in the Nehemiah story, God expected them to post guards. And maybe God knew that if guards were posted the enemies wouldn’t bother them. Therefore, He offered the Jews that solution.
The ultimate keys for me are that I must trust God and then do whatever He wants. One size does not fit all when it comes to solutions. I must be willing to do His bidding, not my own.
“Father, protect me from choosing my own ways. Your Ways must be my ways. Open my senses to catch what You want me doing. Empower me to get those deeds done. I love You, Lord.”
The closer I am to God the more likely I will know what He wants me to do.