Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 1:4
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven
Reflections: Nehemiah served as King Artaxerxes’ cupbearer at the Persian royal court. During this time, the majority of his kin—the Israelites—had returned to their homeland after being granted freedom from their 70-year exile in Babylon. One of his people informed him that Israel was still in poor condition and that the damaged walls had not been repaired. This saddened him and led him to fast and pray for his beloved nation. Eventually, he travelled to Israel, leading the third of three Jewish pilgrimages back to their ancestral home, and led them to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. Nehemiah’s actions revealed his selflessness and altruism. He was motivated by the desire to do something to help others. As you learn to concern yourself about the interests of others, you will also become a vessel that God can use for his glory!
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me to be selfless in life.
Confession: I am concerned about the interest of others.