Be the solution!

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11

I love that Nehemiah wasn’t a victim. He saw a need and then went about to become the solution. So few people take advantage of the “God moments” in their lives in order to wallow in the misery of “what-if?,” suffering in malaise of their own inaction.

Consider that God created everything perfect (Genesis 1-2). Everything had a perfect place in creation. The sun was created in perfect proportion and distance to the earth. Animals were created and placed in their perfect habitats. Even mankind was designed by God and placed in their perfect environments.

Yet, the lack to properly use free will caused the expulsion from perfection (Genesis 3). Adam and Eve’s decision to eat from the fruit caused them to forfeit the perfection which God had intended to give them throughout their lifetime. How many times have we done things that have ruined the perfect intentions of God in our own lives?

Acts 17:26 tell us: “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place…”

You were created in the perfect time and perfect place by God. He doesn’t commit errors! God made you to exist in this time in order to help become the solutions in your church, family, and community. The fact that you are where you are is not some sort of cosmic accident, but a divinely inspired plan in order to advance the purposes of God on this earth! In other words, you were predestined to be here! Consider the ramifications of that…

Your marriage is not an accident. The fact that you met your spouse at a time when you were able to marry is not serendipity. God allowed it to happen. Our response should therefore not be that of a victim, whereby we lament the failures of our spouse or curse our relationship, but rather should be one that embraces that person as what they are—a gift from God. Many times our relationships sour because of our own negative, poor attitude!

Your life is not an accident. The truth is that you might have had a great childhood or a horrible one. You might have a great job or one you hate. Your life may not be everything you dreamed of. However, be that as it may, you have the power to change it NOW to be what God wants it to be. You were designed for a life in abundance (John 10:10) and to be more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).

Your influence is not an accident. Our lives are meant to be interconnected within our communities of faith, family, and work. Consider that Nehemiah was a cupbearer. Although it was a trusted position in the king’s court, it basically meant that he served wine and tasted it to make sure it wasn’t poisoned. Nehemiah wasn’t a great prophet like Elijah. He wasn’t a great general like Joshua. He wasn’t divinely ordained as were Samuel or Paul. He was a trusted employee in the service in the king. Yet, through his leadership and fidelity to God, he was able to accomplish one of the greatest practical miracles in the Old Testament—rallying a discouraged people into rebuilding nearly 5 miles of wall and fortifying its doors in the sum of 52 days.

Be like Nehemiah! Make the decision to become the solution for the problems around your life. Don’t forfeit the perfect life that God has for you by allowing your free will to direct you away from the God moments in your life.