Google+ 09/11/13 Sometimes, God Commands Us To Follow Him in Secret!

Nehemiah 2:11-15

 

So I arrived in Jerusalem.

Three days later, I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me.

I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem.

We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding.

After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well,

And over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates.

Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble.

So, though it was still dark, I went up the Kidron Valley instead,

Inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate.

 

In part three of our seven-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans," we discover that sometimes God's plans for us must be done in secret.  Some might call this lying, but they would be greatly mistaken.  God doesn't tell everyone in His family the same things.  God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and our spiritual gifts.  In today's story, God speaks only to Nehemiah about rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem.  Nehemiah keeps this fact totally to himself.  He goes to speak to the king and asks his permission to be gone for a period of time to complete this task.  The king agrees and sends solders with Nehemiah to ensure his safe passage.  When he arrived in Jerusalem, no time was wasted.  Within three days, Nehemiah was off to inspect the gates and walls.  He did not alert the Jewish leaders or any other officials.  He took only a few others with him.  He only took one donkey, which would have been unheard of in these times.  Notice that Nehemiah went after dark.  Why did Nehemiah do this in secret?  That is simple.  God told him to do just that!  As we have already discussed, often God's plans are not our plans.  Often we take far too long to make a decision that God has already made.  Our human traits and Satan's influences on our lives create untimely delays which can, and do, cause major disruptions in God's will and plans for our lives.  I have had numerous times in my life when I have shared a conversation I had with God with others, only to be made fun of, discouraged, or told it really didn't happen.  As Christians, we are ridiculed constantly for following God's will.  So, sometimes God says to each of us, "Go get the job done now.  No committee meeting, just execute My plan!"  There is a downside to following God's instruction to this precise extent.  People will feel "left out" and chastise you for being "secretive."  Let's go back and reference our Scripture and Nehemiah.  What would have happened if Nehemiah would have gone and shared with the Jewish leaders what God had told him about rebuilding the walls?  We don't know for sure, but we may be able to accurately guess.  The walls had needed rebuilding for a long time.  Why had they not been rebuilt?  The Jewish leaders were afraid.  Fear destroys faith.  Don't forget this fact.  Nehemiah was not afraid.  Nehemiah was obedient.  Others were left out for good reason.  There was no meeting called to discuss how the project would be funded.  There was no debate over who was in charge or who would do what part of the job.  No one got a chance to explain all the negative reasons that the project should not be completed.  No one argued over the color of the new walls for months on end!  Nehemiah never became discouraged because God simply did not permit it.  We need to be on the look-out for our Nehemiah moments every day.  They are there.  When God speaks, listen.  Don't be like most churches or Christians and discuss God's will with those that will discourage, dissuade, and destroy.  Follow God's will in your life.  Sometimes, God Commands Us To Follow Him in Secret!