It’s been frequently said that every human being has a deep desire to have two questions answered: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Once those questions are answered, you develop a personal GPS which helps you in making decisions about the future. Many people struggle to know God’s will for their lives. Some feel like they’ve spent their entire lifetime in some dead-end job or that they’ve chosen the wrong major in college because they swallowed the American dream of acquiring the big house and the fancy car. What if you could know you were doing exactly what God intended for you? What if your circumstances didn’t meet your expectations but you discovered that you were chosen for a particular task because God, Our Creator, gave you everything you needed to get the job done?
Tough questions, right? Leaves a lot to think about. I’ve begun following an interesting character in the Bible, Nehemiah, to see how God chooses a specific person to fulfill a specific task during specific circumstances. I’ve asked God to help me become more disciplined in my thought life. If anybody had a big job to do, Nehemiah certainly fit the bill. I figured if an entire book was named after him, God must have had a tremendous assignment for him. And above all else, Nehemiah needed the ability to FOCUS. I understand that the same God who helped Nehemiah is the same God who helps me. Are you ready to join me on the journey?
I want to get inside Nehemiah’s head and understand what he faced as a man of God. I believe there are valuable lessons for WOMEN AND MEN to learn here. We’ll search for answers to FIVE BASIC QUESTIONS over the next few weeks :
1. Who was Nehemiah?
2. What was his assignment?
3. What challenges did he face?
4. How did he handle his challenges?
We’ll use a method I call GROW:
GOD FIRST- ASK FOR UNDERSTANDING
READ THE ASSIGNED VERSES
OBSERVE KEY WORDS -NAMES, PLACES, ANYTHING REPEATED OR THAT STANDS OUT
WRITE WHAT YOU LEARNED IN THREE TO FIVE SENTENCES (In a journal or notebook)
WEEK ONE ASSIGNMENT: Read your Bible’s introduction to Nehemiah and Chapter 1: 1 – 4. Follow the GROW METHOD.
DIGGING DEEPER (For those who desire a richer study): Do an online search of the name Nehemiah and add notes.
NEXT WEEK: I’ll meet you back here and we’ll talk about our findings. I’ll tell you what I found and I hope each of you shares a point of interest in the comment section also.