January 28: Nehemiah’s search for favor

…Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

Nehemiah 13:22

Sometimes we like to be proud of things that we have done. We want to get recognition from our boss, our friends, even fame among those we don’t know.

Nehemiah worked hard for the Lord. But he didn’t go telling his pastor how wonderful of a Christian he was. He didn’t put it on his resume and said this was evidence of why I should be a deacon.

He also endured many problems – enemies without and within. Managing a construction project is a tedious project. He didn’t complain to his subordinates, or whine to his friends about the challenges.

He sought recognition, favor, and encouragement from God. Whether your work is going well or causing frustration – take your joys and your burdens to the LORD!

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