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God’s Hand | Nehemiah 2:6-8 (AMP)

6 The king, beside whom the queen was sitting, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I gave him a definite time [for my return].

7 Then I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the provinces beyond the [Euphrates] River, so that they will allow me to pass through until I reach Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me timber to construct beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, and for the city wall and for the house which I will occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

Nehemiah 2:6-8 (AMP)

More detail

Yesterday I wondered if Nehemiah had prepared for this sudden opportunity and questioning of king Artazerxes. Here we have a response. Along with praying (Nehemiah 1:5-11) indeed he had been planning – and in great detail. That also gives credence to the idea that the reason for the four month delay was for preparation and research.

The Plan

Nehemiah had clearly thought this through carefully. He wanted to have a solid plan in place when he discussed it with the king. He didn’t want to just say he was sad about Jerusalem with no idea of next steps. Nehemiah was coming before the king – he’d better have a plan! In addition, he counted on God to open the opportunity to speak to the king about it.

He thought through how to address the problem as well as what resources he would need. He even calculated the time it would take and when he’d be back in service to the king – the thing the king most cared about. Nehemiah also thought through the trip and realized he’d need letters from the king which showed his approval.

God’s hand

All the planning in the world by even certified project managers comes to little avail if not for the hand of God. That’s exactly what we see here. God was not only concerned about Nehemiah’s situation, He was concerned about Israel’s situation. He had raised up Nehemiah in this position for this purpose. God was quite ready to put His good hand upon Neheniah.

How is He working in your life? What good work is He leading you to do? He’s already prepared the way (Eph 2:10). Trust Him. Take the next step. You will see His hand in it.

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