“But I prayed, ‘Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9
A few summers ago I studied the book of Nehemiah and I have loved it ever since. There is so much in this short book and I feel like I am on a treasure hunt to uncover something new each time I read it. Actually, I can say that about the entire Bible. I pray you are spending time reading God’s word. We make time for what is important and this should be high on our list. Time spent getting to know and praise our Creator in prayer, reading, singing and listening, does wonders for our relationship. I think about our kids and how I desire time with them. I want to know them. What would happen if we met at the hospital when they were born, and again the day one of us were to die? We would have missed so much life. We would not know each other at all. I have no desire to have that type of relationship with God.
Getting to know someone takes time. Building a relationship does not normally happen overnight. I think of how much I know about each of our children. It is important to know how they function best, what makes them feel loved and what overwhelms them. This takes more than my natural abilities and I am in need of something more than me. This privilege is too much for me, but not for Him. I can pray, like Nehemiah, and ask for strength. Days are long and laundry piles are high. My hands need strength to serve my family. Knowing who to ask for strength makes all the difference.
As we look at the week ahead, remember He wants to know you. Spend time with Him. Do not be shy about asking for help. If you are a parent and your child asks for help and you knew it was for your child’s good, would you withhold your help? Our children should be able to trust us, but we fail and mess up. God is not human and therefore does not fail. Ask for His strength for this week. Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you, if you are a Christ follower, to help you this week. You are not alone and should not live like it. Nehemiah knew his God and relied on Him to do all he was entrusted with. I want to be like him as we do the work that is planned for this week. What about you?