Nehemiah 2:4-8 (NLT)
4 The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer tothe God of heaven, 5 I replied, “Ifit please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me toJudah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” 6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him,asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him howlong I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. 7 I also said to the king, “If it please theking, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west ofthe Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through theirterritories on my way to Judah. 8 Andplease give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest,instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gatesof the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.
Prepare For The Problem…
Nehemiah expected a problem. So, he knew in advance to prepare for it. WE ARE ONLY SURPRISED BY PROBLEMS BECAUSE WE DON’T EXPECT THEM. Because we don’t expect them we fail to plan for them.
We will spend months trying to figure out why this had to happen. But we seldom look at the fact that even though it happened, you still survived!
GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!
In order for a Science Project to belegit it has to have three Variables. That’s why they told you to use those boards with three sides. Each flap on the board was for you to show how you experimented each Variable.
1. Independent Variable- the things that you change in the experiment.
2. Dependent Variable- the things you observe during the change.
3. Controlled Variable- no matter what changes in the experiment it stays the same.
Water from a faucet:
Independent: my hand turning the faucet.
Dependent: how much water comes out according to how much my hand turns it.
Controlled: my hand never comes off of the faucet.
It doesn’t matter how much it rains in my life… God’s Hand Is Still On Me!
It doesn’t matter what fire I go through… God’s Hand Is Still On Me!
Nehemiah was the cupbearer for theKing. He was in the presence of the King all day. His job was to taste anythingbrought to the king in case someone was trying to kill the king with poison.His entire life was devoted to the King. In return, the King made sure he was covered at all times. Because of his service to the King, he was afforded a great COVERING.
Some of us go through so much messbecause that’s the only time God can get you back to Worship! Drama seems tomake you trust God again! Hell seems to make us happy to serve God.
When we say we don’t want to lose control, what we are really saying is we don’t want to lose the Hand of God that’s controlling us.
When you see a person who has sex with everybodyyou say they are “Out of Control.” Sex was created for acontrolled relationship. When you see people who are alcoholics you say they are drinking “Out of Control.” Wine was designed to be a Controlled Social Beverage.
The task for the believer is to trynot to LOSE CONTROL.
Control Is The Hand of God.
You don’t appreciate Control until you have lived OUT OF IT!
It’s Good to be in Jesus. We must go from Strength to Strength In God.
Psalms 84:6-7 (NKJV)
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
The”bad” things that happen in your life are not signs that God ispunishing you. God doesn’t have to give you a sign that He’s punishing you. Not everything is a punishment from God. Most things are just the Consequences of your decisions.
But even in our Consequences, GOD STILL COVERS US!
Psalms 37:25 (KJV)
25 I have been young, and nowam old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.