Against the odds
"And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king
granted my requests." - Nehemiah 2:8 NIV
Have you ever felt impregnated with a dream but noticed that the odds were stacked against you ever giving birth to your dream?
When Nehemiah heard that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed by fire, he felt a strong desire to help. Nehemiah knew the broken walls meant that the people of Israel were unprotected and in great trouble. His love for God and compassion for God's people fueled Nehemiah's dream to rebuild the wall. But, the odds were stacked against him.
Nehemiah was a lowly cupbearer living a thousand miles from Jerusalem. He had no influence, resources, or funding to start the project. However, Nehemiah pursued his dream anyway. Nehemiah petitioned the king and asked for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. He also asked for protection during his travels, and for all of the supplies and money, he would need for the project. The king granted Nehemiah's request.
Has God given you a dream that seems impossible? Do you feel called to help others in a big way, but you don't know how you'll do it? Instead of letting your circumstances or lack of resources keep you stuck, do as Nehemiah did and declare, "The gracious hand of God is on my life." Trust that God's favor will help you defy even the most impossible odds.
9/6/2022 09:21:38 am
Thanks for the good encouragement Danny! Blessings as you lead Trinity Presbytery this day.
9/6/2022 09:39:08 am
Right on time. Thank you Danny. Grateful for this post. Grateful to all who will benefit from this post. May nothing in our world stop the dreams of those who are rebuilding God's kingdom on earth. Rebekah Carpenter
9/9/2022 11:11:31 am
Thanks Danny, those are good words at the right time for me and for the congregations I am now serving.
Robert M. Scotland
9/9/2022 01:11:48 pm
Thanks Danny! A much-needed word as we face the many challenges that tempt us to believe we do not have what we need to do the work to which we have been called.
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Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy, SR.
The ultimate aim of Trinity Presbytery is to equip and empower our member congregations to become communities of faith, hope, love, witness and service, so that those who do not know Jesus might come to know, love and serve him and so that those who do know Jesus might come to love him more intimately and serve him more faithfully.