The palace was a luxurious capital …full of dainties, meats, wines and the best of comforts. But Jerusalem was the place of assignment … a work in progress settlement. Nehemiah deserved a holiday, after all he had achieved …perhaps a few months in Babylon. The language of the verse suggests Nehemiah wasted no time in obtaining permission to return after days. Time should not be wasted. Effective leaders know that time is precious and needs to employed with a sense of responsibility. Being time conscious does not being rude or brash … Nehemiah observed the protocol in the palace by seeking the kings permission. Be polite and respectful of constituted authority, but be conscious of how you spend time, especially when you are far from the place of assignment. Get back to work as soon as you can. Your place of destiny is that place where you cannot afford to be separated long from. There is a duty that keeps burning in your heart that you sense you need to do …that is your divine assignment – you feel the strong urge to return to it. The devil can also sense your assignment and will tempt you away with whatever he has in his arsenal of distractions and offences.
Beware and avoid idle busy bodies in the kings palace. May you be hidden from mischief makers and power mongers. Be focused on your assignment. Be diligent and you will soon stand before kings.
Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
Verses for further meditation
Proverbs 22:29; 1 Cor 7:35
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Maintain your focus on your assignment.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, keep my eyes off the evil distractions of life. Amen
As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.
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