Have you ever started on a big project and were unable to finish it because you got discouraged? Projects like running a race, remodeling a room in your home or writing a book are often plagued with challenges. Maybe you are an artist or an entrepreneur. I find that any time I get stalled on a big project, discouragement is always my greatest obstacle. This is especially true when the project is something I feel the Lord has called me to do.
I’ve been reading the story of Nehemiah in the Old Testament, and noticed that he dealt with a lot of discouragement as he worked to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. His story teaches us some great strategies for how to work through [...]
I believe the world is hurting. One way that I think we can show our hurting world the loving God we serve is through our generosity. The world deeply longs to see more cheerful and generous givers, so I want to write about generosity today from the Old Testament. I want to show you Nehemiah, an ancient picture of generosity that still applies to us today.
Nehemiah 5:14-19 says:
“Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy [...]
In the book of Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, the Israelites were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon. He took the people of Israel, destroyed their city, brought them to Babylon, and made them prisoners.Over many years, Nebuchadnezzar died, and the next king, Cyrus, set the people free, back to Jerusalem.
The people of Israel build an altar, and start to build the temple, but they run into a problem. The people who were living in that area did not want the Israelites to rebuild, so they started harassing them, so it took them 16 years to build the temple.
All the nations knew and feared Israel because of God’s favor, so they didn’t want them to be [...]