When Life Hurts

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4 NLT

Some people are passionate about the things that concern their lives. Nehemiah was one of those people. He was very concerned about what was happening at home. He was not living there because his homeland was overtaken by the Babylonians and he was one of those who were taken to Babylon. But Nehemiah had a deep love for his country and some of his people who were living in Babylon returned to Jerusalem. He enquired after them and was devastated by what he heard. He was so broken that he wept. It was not the manly thing to do but his heart was broken. He took the time to fast and pray and pour out his heart to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah is not the only person in the Bible or in the world whose heart was broken. There are many people who have that same experience. Some, like Nehemiah, are patriotic and are concerned about the condition of their nation. Some are broken about the condition of the family, church, or community. When things go drastically wrong, people sometimes respond with tears. Nehemiah wept, but he didn’t stop there. He went before the God of heaven because He is the only one who can bring change into the situation. What do you do when you are overwhelmed? In Psalm 61:2 David said, “From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.“  The same is true for you. When like Nehemiah. You are overwhelmed, do what he did; mourn, pray and fast and call on the God of heaven. He will provide the help you need.

Thought for Today:  When you can’t, God can!

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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