Nehemiah, Micah & Me

Earlier this week I was sitting in a leadership equipping session for small groups leaders and one of the messages given was on Nehemiah. Now for those who don’t know who he is, he has an entire book in the bible dedicated to him and his exploits. Read it.

In a nut shell, this guy organized the re-building of the Jerusalem’s wall and he did it in such a way that the task was accomplished in 52 days!! He also came in, found the scrolls of the law and then laid down the law and set the people straight. Not bad for a guy whose job it was to serve a conquering, foreign king his morning coffee. Like I said a force to be reckoned with. I’m thinking a serious type A personality. Why would he do this? He had heard the plight of the people of Jerusalem and was moved to tears. He allowed their distress to move his heart and decided to take action and convinced his overlord to allow him to do it.

So, here I am, sitting there, listening, and all of a sudden from the recesses of my memory comes an echo from my youth,

“Surrey Calvinettes, What does the Lord require of you?”

“To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. Michah 6 verse 8”.

Then a question from the speaker, “What moves you?”

I hear the unspoken questions, “What/Who makes you feel pain on their behalf?” “What/Who are you willing to fight for?” “Can you make a difference 52 days?”

To DO justice. Justice is not something we just think about or talk about, it’s something we DO. We need to put action to it.

To LOVE kindness. Can’t do justice without kindness. Without it justice becomes vigilante and breeds hatred and bitterness.

To WALK with God. Both justice and kindness beat within God’s heart. He wants both and He wants us to walk them out with Him. Side by side. Hand in hand.

Nehemiah may been familiar with Micah and his writting; may even have read him aloud to the people of Jerusalem. He walked it out. He sought justice and persued it, all while walking humbly with his God, and in doing so turned a nation’s path around.

We need to do the same. How that looks all depends on what moves you, causes you pain. For me, it is something very close to home and we are trying to walk it out as best we can. Persuing justice, lacing the journey with copious amounts of kindness, and all the while walking and talking with God to get his direction and his heart heard within the situation. It is not always easy, but we do it, with God leading and guiding, always remembering that love covers everything.

So my friends, when you think of justice, what, or who, do you think of? Is there something, or someone that causes an ache inside of you and makes you want to rise up?

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