This writing continues on the life of Nehemiah, a man of God. He was a man who loved his people and volunteered to go to rebuild the ruined temple walls of Jerusalem, the city of his forefathers.
A Remarkable! Why should My Face not Look Sad
“Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.” (Eccl. 7:3)
One day Nehemiah was asked by king Artaxerxes, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick?” [Neh. 2:2]. As he was his usual duty to serve wine to the king in the palace, Nehemiah served the wine. The king noticed the sad face of Nehemiah which prompted him to ask this question. Often time emotions reveal the motions of the heart.
To show sad face before the king could bring death penalty in those days (see Esther 4:1ff). However, Nehemiah could not hide his deep concern for his people back in Jerusalem. Thus with boldness he said to the king, “Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” [Neh. 2:3].
It takes courage to say when you have to say what you want to say. Nehemiah told courageously to the king what he actually wanted. And the king granted his request to visit his people and to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem city.
Nehemiah’s daring is admirable. His faith in God is amazing. He prayed to God before he made the request [Neh. 2:4]. He executed the work after a careful plan and research [Neh. 2:7-16]. He mobilized people to trust in God to accomplish the project [Neh. 2:17-20].
This all happened because a man of God, Nehemiah, had a burden in his heart for the welfare of his people as well as the city of his forefathers. The God of Nehemiah is the same God whom we trust today. If we trust and act with confidence in Him, we can do great work for the welfare of our people.
Is your face, like Nehemiah, sad today because of your concern over the people of your land?
When true love for own people compels, people don’t quietly sit and make whimsical wishes, but they act. That’s what Nehemiah did. And that’s remarkable! What would be your remarkable work(s)?