Today I want to talk about something totally out of left field. …sort of…It has nothing to do with you.
When I say that, I mean it has to do with you, just that it’s not about you.
As I continue to read the book of Nehemiah, I am at the part where Sanballat and Tobias are continuing to harass Nehemiah so that they could beat him up (I am not sure…they might be trying to kill him too). If you don’t know the story, Sanballat and Co were not too happy that Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. But Nehemiah had heard from God about what he was supposed to do and he was determined to do just that.
When Sanballat and Co called for him to come away from the work, Nehemiah said
“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”- Nehemiah 6.
I found this interesting. Nehemiah could have gone down and allow himself to caught up in Sanballat’s nonsense. But he didn’t.
I tried to relate this to our everyday lives. You know, there are so many issues that get us down on a regular basis. But I wonder if we were to get caught up in doing ‘a great work’ for God if those problems would have the same effect on us?
I found that when I busy myself with the things of God, a lot of things don’t bother me. It doesn’t mean that the problems aren’t there. Just that I am too busy to notice them. By busying myself I don’t mean going to church or reading the bible. Of course I do that. While those are important, I mean doing something that takes the focus off of us and putting it on something other than us. Like trying to make someone else smile. Making dinner for some people who are not as well off as we are. Something like that. Last Saturday, I had someone offer to buy 25 pairs of flip flops for the kids that we’re going to support in Guyana. It was such a great opportunity to not think about all the other things going on in her life. Have you encouraged anyone lately, or are you always looking for someone to encourage you? Have you prayed for anyone lately, or are you always looking for someone to pray for you?
I think that’s what Jesus meant when He told us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these other things shall be added to you“. He probably meant “stop thinking about you. Think about me and what my Kingdom needs and I will take care of your needs”.
I encourage you to just busy yourself with the things of God for a while. You’ll realize that the things of God are so much bigger than the small problems that are going on. That’s not to ‘downsize’ anyone’s problems. But I can guarantee you that there’s someone else hurting just as much or more than you. So what can you do to help them? You don’t have to go preach to someone. You can just invite a few people over to share your testimonies together. You could take some one that is feeling down, out for coffee. You could go through your ridiculously filled closet and prepare a clothes hamper for someone. The whole world is not about you or me or us. Our problems are there, and yes they do affect us, but talking about them all the time won’t change them. God knows what we need and He will provide those things at the right time. If we busy ourselves with His great work, our breakthroughs will happen so suddenly, that we won’t even know when they do.
Have a good day!