Nehemiah was a book that I wrote one of my many papers on in Bible College. The book was also focused upon as a series by Cornerstone Church in Bowie earlier this year. I heard that other churches also had messages about it from the pulpit this year.
I think that this book was one of those “roads less traveled” – probably due to its perceived irrelevance to our modern problems. Suddenly, it has been realized that it is very relevant and that God has something to say to people living in 2013 – even to those families dealing with the scourge of cancer.
Nehemiah was the king of Babylon’s cup-bearer. But, he was more than a butler. Apart from the fact that he was a Jew, Nehemiah was one of the king’s closest advisors. And though Nehemiah had grown up in Babylon and had never even been to Jerusalem, when he heard that the city walls and gates were still in ruins, his heart was broken over it. Moreover, he determined to do something about it by using the project management skills that God had given him.
In the cancer world, we hear about the struggles of our friends, and we are initially sorry about it. But, do we then consider that the Lord has given us an ability to help? Can we pray? Yes you can. The Bible says “pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Do you have a personal story of encouragement? Yes you do! The Bible says that we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and our testimonies. You can register as a user to this website and write an encouraging blog entry. You can become active at one of our three support groups, or think about starting another affiliate support group. Everything you can do adds another brick in the wall.
Consider what you can do to make a difference to help friends and families whose lives have been torn down by cancer, who feel vulnerable and exposed. How can you help to rebuild them? Pray about it. See! The book of Nehemiah is relevant.