Neh 2:1 CEV (1) During the month of Nisan in the twentieth year that Artaxerxes was king, I served him his wine, as I had done before. But this was the first time I had ever looked depressed.
In this passage of Scripture we see that Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the king Artaxerxes.
Four months earlier Nehemiah's brother Hanani came to see Nehemiah and told him of the state of Jerusalem's walls.
But what was Nehemiah to do. He lived 100's of miles from Jerusalem... he even had another job altogether.
Often we find ourselves like Nehemiah, seemingly in the wrong place 'if you want to use us Lord'.
But is it the wrong place?
Pro 16:9 ESV (9) The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Pro 20:24 ESV (24) A man's steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?
Psa 37:23 ESV (23) The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
Perhaps the place / position / circumstance that you find your self in right now... is exactly where God wants you to be.
You may struggle to see how your place could be significant in God's plan... but thats just because we don't have His perspective! (Imagine how Joseph must have felt in the Egyptian jail... remembering his grandiose vision he had years earlier!)
If Nehemiah was a priest in Jerusalem or a resident or even wealthy land owner in Jerusalem... he would not have been able to accomplish God's restoration plan for the walls of Jerusalem.
No, it was as cup-bearer to the King that he was supplied with all the materials for this God-mission.
Without knowing it, and without planning for it, Nehemiah found himself in exactly the right position / placement.
Today, right now, you have been placed by God.
Thank Him for your placement and commit yourself to His plans and His ways.
Do this, and soon, in hindsight you will see God's wisdom... His perfect placement and positioning of you in your work place, sports club, school, etc.
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