“So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem… Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall, and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work. Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.’
“Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it: These were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel: the sons of Parosh, 2,172… The whole assembly together was 42,360.” Nehemiah 2:11-12,15-17; 7:5-8,66
Nehemiah was a man of prayer, and his inhaling and exhaling was in constant rhythm with His God. He was inspired, directed, and strengthened by his Heavenly Leader and constant Companion. Fixing his heart in God assured God would put into his heart all that was needed to walk in His ways, from defining His plan to supplying the resources. As he obeyed, the Lord continued to reveal next steps for work great and small, all significant in His eyes.
What should I concern myself with today? Whom would God have me contact or encourage, what would He have me read or learn or teach or organize? How should I spend my time and resources of mind, material, spiritual gifts? The God Who made our hearts and indwells them as His home wants to fill them with His good and pleasant riches. He is purposeful and has plans for our days. He designs ministry and assigns industry. Do I consult Him? Do I make room in my heart for my Lord and His ideas, and then execute with care? (Proverbs 24:3-5)
When I am overwhelmed with all there is to do, or know not what to do or how to proceed, I can seek the God of order and listen for His voice. When I open myself to Him, He will plant in my heart His good will and what I need to fulfill it. (Psalm 32:8; 143:8; 1 Corinthians 14:33)
O Lord, so tie my heart to Yours that You put into mine Your word, Your heartbeat, and Your course to follow. May I execute to Your glory.