Last week, in The Nehemiah Solution, Part 5, we saw that God has a mission for each of us. For some, it is across the ocean. For some, it is across town. For some, it is right next door.

But we have now come to the place in Nehemiah's story where the wall is completed. Is there any further solutions that can be learned from Nehemiah?

Most definitely!

Have you ever taken the time to meditate upon the work that goes into each miracle of God? The amount of effort and planning that God must do for even the most mundane little miracle? Even the ones that we will probably never even recognize as a miracle?

I hadn't, but Nehemiah did: "So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs." (Neh 12:31, NKJV)

As I read this text I had to ask myself: Why would Nehemiah appoint two thanksgiving choirs, and not just any thanksgiving choirs but large ones?

Vs. 27 tells us why: "Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem…" (Neh 12:27a, NKJV).

But why does he need choirs to dedicate the wall?

The book of Nehemiah records that answer, too: "...to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps." (Neh 12:27, NKJV)

But why? What is so special about the dedication of a wall? True enough, it was a miracle that the wall was completed, but two whole thanksgiving choirs? Isn't this overkill?

It's true that the rebuilding of the wall was a miracle in itself. The fact that it was rebuilt in just 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15), despite fierce opposition (See Nehemiah 4:13-18) was, indeed, a miracle. But was the miracle even bigger than that?

Think about it! God sent Hanani (See Nehemiah 1:2) to Nehemiah months before the building ever began, and then, with the news that Hanani brought, God placed the task of rebuilding the wall heavily on Nehemiah's heart.

But even before that God had been busy.  He had already placed Nehemiah in the king's court, in a position of responsibility and trust, and He had already placed a king on the throne who would be concerned for the plight on a city wall! And God had prepared the king's heart to agree to have Nehemiah leave his service and return to Jerusalem, and to write letters for supplies and to quell opposition!

Hum! The miracle seems a bit bigger now, doesn't it?

But I would wager that the miracle goes back even farther than this! I seriously doubt that Nehemiah just got up one day and said, "Jerusalem. Hum. I think I’ll go there and build a wall!" I suspect that God had placed a love for Jerusalem on Nehemiah's heart from his childhood on. And likely He did so through Nehemiah's parents and grandparents--people who maybe actually saw Jerusalem before it fell and cared enough to transmit that longing for Jerusalem to the heart of a young and impressionable Nehemiah!

Wow! This celebration that Nehemiah planned wasn't just about a wall, it was about a miracle that had been decades, maybe even centuries in the making!

And what about the miracles God performs in our lives today? Do we give Him the praise He deserves? Do we even recognize them as miracles? Do we even notice them? Yet more than likely God had been planning those little miracles for years!

Think about it! Maybe you work part-time and you need full-time employment. Suddenly another part-time job opens up where you work! Wow God, Thanks! You accept the position and you have your full-time job.

But just what went into the making of that miracle?

I found myself in this situation 6 years ago, but what I didn’t realize was that for months before I even considered working full-time, my work place had been asking for funding for 15 more rehab beds. They had been doing needs' studies and writing proposals, and just at the time when I needed full-time employment, God brought it all together.

My response?

You must understand that although I needed full-time employment, I didn't want it. So when I took the new position, I am ashamed to say that I didn't do it happily. I didn't give God the praise He deserved! How much better would it have been had if I had recognized the enormity of this miracle, if I had only given Him the praise He was due?

Friends, I encourage you to watch for God's miracles in your lives today, and when you see one, spend some time meditating on the depths of that miracle! Think about how long God had been planning it, how intricate his timing is, and then use the Nehemiah solution: Give God the praise He is due! Then maybe we, too, will see the need for "two large thanksgiving choirs" to celebrate even the smallest of miracles!

Thank you, Nehemiah, for reminding us of the need to be exuberant in our praise, to recognize just how intricate each miracle of God is, and to appreciate each part of it!

And thank you, Nehemiah for all of your the practical solutions! This is the last lesson in the Nehemiah Solutions series. If you have missed any of these practical solutions to common, everyday problems, you will find them published online by clicking here. Or email me, and I’ll be happy to send them to you. May God bless you abundantly as you strive to try some of Nehemiah's excellent, practical solutions!

In His love,
Lyn



Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two teens, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries.

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