Nehemiah 1:1 “The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,”

Nehemiah 1:2 “That Hanani, one of my brethren, came he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.”

…From yesterday…

Nehemiah’s action and concern for his people was second to none. On the day his brothers returned to Persia from a visit to Jerusalem, the first thing he did was to ask after the welfare of the city and the inhabitants.

Nehemiah had become so powerful that his word was law even in a strange land but despite all the fame, Nehemiah never forgot his root. As of this time, he was about the most trusted aid of the King of Persia. Men talk to him in order to covet the favour of the king. As it were, he doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, he was very comfortable.

When you meet someone you’ve not seen in a while, the first set of statements they utter will reveal what was uppermost in their heart. On sighting his brethren, Nehemiah’s first statement shows a deep concern for his other brethren and the city of Jerusalem.

It became obvious that even though he was comfortable as the Chief of Staff to the very powerful King Artaxerxes I, he was more mindful of the King of kings, his people and his root.

Friend, don’t ever get to a position where you become so comfortable that you forget your root. We’ve read stories of men who God raised and who later turn round to forget God and where they were coming from.

You must know that there is a reason for your elevation and the position you now occupy. God brought you to a place of honour in order for you to bring others as well. Hear this:

Obadiah 1:21 “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.”

To be continued…

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