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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Nehemiah 1:4

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:4

It broke Nehemiah's heart to hear about God’s people and the city of Jerusalem in trouble. He heard the people were in great affliction and reproach from the nations around them and the city walls were broken down and its gates burned. The distress that was in Nehemiah's heart was seen in his reaction, he "sits and weeps and mourns for many days" over the destruction in Jerusalem.

It broke Nehemiah's heart, and drove him to weep, but that's not all. It drove him to his knees in prayer and fasting too. You see God doesn't want us to simply see a need and have compassion upon those in trouble, He wants that compassion to move us to help. You see this again and again in Jesus. In Matthew 14, Jesus saw the multitudes and, "He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick." In Mark 6, Jesus saw the people as "Sheep without a shepherd,"and moved by compassion He "began to teach them many things." Again in Mark 1 when He came across a man with leprosy, it says, "Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him," healing the man.

You see, if you see a need and it’s breaking your heart, maybe it's because God’s desiring to use you to bring Jesus to the need, and the needy to Jesus. But that takes you getting involved, and the first step is to pray.

Pastor Doug Hardin



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