When God paves your way, who can hedge it up?
The cupbearer comes into the presence of the king, entirely innocent of the fact that he’s about to start the greatest social movement in a generation. It seems he hadn’t planned on mentioning anything, today was just another day, and he was just doing his job.
But his countenance bore the marks of his time weeping on his knees. . .
(Tell me there isn’t a sermon in that itself.)
And the king had to know.
Nehemiah’s first reaction was a shock of fear. Then, he just told the truth.
And apparently, God had gone before.
It is his second reaction that touched me most deeply this morning though. Before Nehemiah realizes it, like a an avalanche started by a single snowflake, this thing is on the move.
The king leans forward on his throne, and in steady tones asks the simple question:
“For what dost thou make request?” (Nehemiah 2:4a)
I believe Nehemiah’s response to this opportunity is the third secret of his success— his productivity.
“So I prayed to the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 2:4b)
Not elation, not greed, or fear, or grasping.
He’s instant in prayer.
First, you need silence.
Then, you need humility.
Then, you need abiding dependence.