Nehemiah served as the cupbearer to Artaxerxes king of Persia (464-423 B.C.), and it was in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes (444 B.C.) that Nehemiah heard the disturbing news that the walls of Jerusalem had been reduced to a rubble. His sorrow was evident to the king, and when Artaxerxes heard the cause of Nehemiah’s concern, he invited him to make his request. Nehemiah was not caught unprepared, and presented a clear plan of action to the king. He journeyed to Jerusalem with men and provisions, inspected the walls of the city, and encouraged its inhabitants to begin the good work of rebuilding. Nehemiah also refuted the accusations of the enemies of the children of Israel.
READING of NEHEMIAH 2
Lord, I am grateful for the godly example of Nehemiah who had a passion for Your purposes and the plight of Your people. Give me a heart that seeks to be pleasing to You and the courage to set my hands to Your good work.
Meditation passage for today: verses 4, 18