When grace speaks – Part 2
Text: “And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests,” (Nehemiah 2:8)
The place of grace in fulfilling life’s purpose cannot be ruled out. Grace opens the door for every available opportunity. Nehemiah was a great and vibrant visionary, who aspired to build the wall of Jerusalem without considering his present background and predicament in the foreign land. He was in the palace of King Artaxerxes as a cupbearer, but very concerned about His people and the problems that befell them. He requested permission to go and rebuild the broken wall and install its gate.
First of all, grace speaks for him while making his request as a cupbearer. His request was granted, not because of his closeness with the king, but because his prayer life in Chapter has opened the door of grace for him. You cannot bribe to receive grace, but you can pray for the door of grace to open. Daniel prayed while he was in Lion’s den (Daniel 6:11; 21-22) and received grace from God. Many have been consumed and unjustly executed, but grace spoke for Daniel. Grace always incapacitates the power of enemies and grant victory to His children. Nehemiah carries the grace that propels his vision in life.
When the grace speaks door of help opens. I said last week that grace brings divine help. You don’t need your strength or connection, but God will make things work out naturally with supernatural power. Nehemiah’s needs are the materials for the building, but he received an order to write the letter to the keeper of the royal park, which represented their national forestry. What a great privilege to enjoy from the national reserve, noting but the grace of God! Some are fortunate to be in the corridor of power, today, to oppress others and take advantage of the less privileged. Asaph was not like that; he honoured the letter and did the needful. May God grant you the desire of your heart according to His purpose in Jesus name!
The place of grace was mentioned in the latter part. He said: “And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my request.” The King of kings is able to speak on your behalf for those that will favour you in life. Nehemiah received the grace of God for the next level of his life. You are released into your grace for a new journey and fulfilment in Jesus name. Nehemiah’s request was granted not because of his connection, but because of the hand of God that brings grace. When grace speaks, human effort is limited and God takes over. No matter the number of years you have been in captivity and you are held down on a spot to achieve the purpose of God, grace will bring you out to the limelight of your life in Jesus name.
Nehemiah received what would make him an achiever when he encountered God’s grace. Tap into this avenue of grace, and don’t look at your present situation, but what God has made available for you, “GRACE”. The position you are occupying today at the national level, state and local government, is to benefit humanity, and not only your immediate family members. Aspire to have a positive impact in your locality than to be an agent of destruction.