Divine Disruptions Sermon Series Part 2
The Disruption of a Burden
Intro: Out of nowhere, God chose to disrupt Nehemiah’s life with an unexpected burden. When he woke up that day (1:2) he had a good job, a comfortable lifestyle and a life of respect and position.
He had no idea that before he laid his head down to sleep that God would lay an unexpected burden upon his heart that would radically alter his life.
He had no idea that God would intrude into his life with a Divine Disruption. That disruption came in the form of an unexpected burden for Jerusalem and its inhabitants.
I. His Interrogation – vs. 2
His questions were two-fold:
- He asked about the condition of his countrymen,
- He asked about the condition of his city.
Even though Nehemiah was away from the pain, he didn’t lose sight of it.
Even though Nehemiah was isolated from the reality, he didn’t lose interest in it.
II. His Information – vs. 3
The information he received was:
I’m sure he knew things were not the way they were supposed to be, but he didn’t know how bad it was.
The report he received was not glossed over; not watered down.
His request for information was not just a formal obligation; he really wanted to know.
Most of us don’t know the truth about our city, and we don’t want to know.
We insulate ourselves and isolate ourselves from the truth going on around us.
The remnant that are left are in great affliction and reproach.
The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down.
The gates thereof are burned with fire.
III. His Intercession – vs. 4
Notice Nehemiah’s reaction:
He sat down.
He mourned certain days.
He prayed before the God of Heaven.
IV. His Introspection – vs. 6-10
One of the most critical elements in understanding the problem is to look inward.
Nehemiah didn’t excuse his own role in the problem.
This is called taking ownership.
He may have not been the sole reason for the problem, but he was not without blame.
In verse 6, Nehemiah took responsibility for the news he had received.
IV. His Inhibitions – vs. 11
Nehemiah was moved by his burden.
He was going to do more than just weep and mourn and fast and pray.
He knew he needed to do something, but he was aware of two very critical things when he ended his prayer in verse 11.
A. His Opposition – grand him mercy in the sight of this man
Why would a Persian king support him?
Why would a heathen king allow him to do anything about the condition of Jerusalem?
B. His Occupation – for I was the king’s cupbearer
Nehemiah had absolutely no experience of any kind in this area.
He was the last person that could make a difference.
But he didn’t count on one key thing – THE DIVINE DISRUPTION OF A BURDEN.
He couldn’t get away from it.
It ate him up. It consumed his thoughts.
Nehemiah’s career did not dictate his concern.
Nehemiah’s position did not inhibit his passion.
His remorse fueled his resolve.
His weeping produced a working.
His pain became motivation for his passion.