I've been reading in Nehemiah on and off for a while now...and I'm just going to tell you, this book, in my past, never would have intrigued me the way it does right now!
I feel like I am in a "re-building" season in so many ways: my relationship with the Lord, my marriage, at our church, moving, my husband had to rebuild his truck motor, and other important relationships...
In so many ways, we are changing, re-building, and we run into obstacles almost every step of the way!
So without further ado...
I would like to include an excerpt from The Bible Study Page that I found very compelling before I get started into my little tid-bit of notes:
"Specifically, the book shows how the broken down walls of Jerusalem and the failing faith of the Jews were restored, through the competent leadership of Nehemiah and through the host of Jewish brethren who responded to the divine challenge to rise and build."
That just really caught my attention:
Broken Walls & Failing Faith
RESTORED BY GOD
Competent Leadership & Brethren Who Respond, Rise & Build
Now then, my notes:
Nehemiah's prayer to God; I love how he begins with praising God for Who He is! And then works into confession, not just for himself, but for the people of Israel.
In verse 8, Nehemiah prays back God's own promise to Him; that is one of my favorite ways to pray-pray God's promises. I believe He wants us to do this so that He knows that we have been listening to Him and to me, if I pray it back to Him, it helps to confirm it in my own heart, helping me to trust and believe that much more.
And I love verse 11:
"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant
and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.
Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man."
And that concludes my notes on Nehemiah Chapter 1. Short & Sweet :)