Nehemiah 2* Nehemiah's request to the king. (1-8) Nehemiah comes toJerusalem. (9-18) The opposition of the adversaries. (19,20)1-8 Our prayers must be seconded with serious endeavours, elsewe mock God. We are not limited to certain moments in ouraddresses to the King of kings, but have liberty to go to him atall times; approaches to the throne of grace are never out ofseason. But the sense of God's displeasure and the afflictionsof his people, are causes of sorrow to the children of God,under which no earthly delights can comfort. The king encouragedNehemiah to tell his mind. This gave him boldness to speak; muchmore may the invitation Christ has given us to pray, and thepromise that we shall speed, encourage us to come boldly to thethrone of grace. Nehemiah prayed to the God of heaven, asinfinitely above even this mighty monarch. He lifted up hisheart to that God who understands the language of the heart. Norshould we ever engage in any pursuit in which it would be wrongfor us thus to seek and expect the Divine direction, assistance,and blessing. There was an immediate answer to his prayer; forthe seed of Jacob never sought the God of Jacob in vain. 9-18 When Nehemiah had considered the matter, he told the Jewsthat God had put it into his heart to build the wall ofJerusalem. He does not undertake to do it without them. Bystirring up ourselves and one another to that which is good, westrengthen ourselves and one another for it. We are weak in ourduty, when we are cold and careless. 19,20 The enmity of the serpent's seed against the cause ofChrist is confined to no age or nation. The application toourselves is plain. The church of God asks for our help. Is itnot desolate, and exposed to assaults? Does the consideration ofits low estate cause you any grief? Let not business, pleasure,or the support of a party so engage attention, as that Zion andher welfare shall be nothing to you.
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