We all have the undertakings that we desire to achieve and be victorious. May it be in the working places, in the church, in the family, in our career life or any other field. In this week message I want to talk about three things we need in order to achieve our undertaking. We shall draw our lesson from the book of Nehemiah 2: 1-8

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' graves, that I may rebuild it.” And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

Nehemiah was not self-complacent though a king’s cup bearer.

Most of the times we get tempted to be satisfied when we achieve a little success. For instance, when we acquire wealth, reach our career peak, get settled in family. Nehemiah though living in the palace, he always kept in his mind that he was an Israelite and a captive for that matter and always thought about the welfare of his ancestral land. When he heard the ruins of the wall of Jerusalem, he was sad and desired to rebuild it again to its former glory. When we have reached a certain level of success and feel we have achieved, let us not forget the past and our roots for this can delay our destiny and ultimately make us not achieve the peak of the success we are destined for. Nehemiah was so sad that the king realized this and gave him audience. This brought in the king into the Nehemiah undertaking which eventually accelerated the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah found favour with the king.

In order to achieve the task of the rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, Nehemiah needed to physically relocate to Judah to organize and see to it that the whole project comes to conclusion successfully. In the real world he could not achieve this while a captive. He needed great favour from the king to be allowed to leave the palace and be in Judah for the rebuilding exercise. Under normal protocols of the palace, he would require a higher authority to speak on his behalf in order to be allowed to leave. Nehemiah being a God fearing man who had first found favour with God and walking according to God’s word, found favour with the king. Actually before he could even approach the king and present his request, the king realized that Nehemiah was sad and wanted to know why he was so. It became easier for Nehemiah to explain and seek approval to leave the palace and go to Judah his ancestral land for the rebuilding of the wall. When we put God first in our life, He walks ahead of us and in our times of need He will make a swift way to achieve our desires. When we find favour with God, we find favour with man also.

Proverbs 3: 1-4 “My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.

 Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man”. In all we do put God first and you will find favour with all men.

Nehemiah was organized and took stock of requirements.

Nehemiah was organized and requested form the king all what he needed in order to achieve the task and within the timeline. Nehemiah knew very well that he had a timeline to rebuild the walls and go back and therefore took stock of what he required in order to do this. He realized he was to pass through foreign boundaries, he needed to cut trees from the forest which was guarded. He therefore asked the king to give him letter of authority that will allow him through the foreign territories and also letter of authority to allow him cut timber from the forest. Before we can achieve we need to know what we require for the task and where to get the requirements from. Many are the times we ask for the requirements from the wrong people or even do not know until when in the middle of the task and when it is late or we are far away from the source of the authority to give us the requirements. Nehemiah knew the authority that the king commanded and therefore a letter from the king would break walls that would delay his achievement. He knew with the letter he could cross the boundaries without being arrested as a trespasser. He knew he could get as much timer as he required for the task just by the letter form the king. Our God of heaven is the ultimate King and with His letter we can achieve our goals according to his will if we only trust Him and make Him the centre-hold of our life undertakings. Philippians 4: 6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”.

Therefore, in all that you want to succeed, you have a lot to learn from the great men of God who trusted first in God and found favour with God and consequently found favour with men.

Our prayer to you for this week

Our prayer this week is drawn from the Exodus 33:13-15, 17

Now if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, please teach me Your ways, and I will know You and find favor in Your sight. Now consider that this nation is Your people.”
Then He replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” The Lord answered Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” Amen.