When something extraordinarily awful happens or continues to happen we become affected. Besides the unhelpful option of feeling numb or feeling nothing by heartbreaking trends or events, we should feel shaken but hopefully even more than that, stirred; stirred to action.
What has stirred your heart lately?
Our church has been shaken and yet stirred over the latest tragic events in Las Vegas and Texas. Our hearts are broken over the evil and the sadness and the loss. We can't stand it anymore.
We're going to pray that the Lord heals the broken in spirit, changes the hearts of evil perpetrators, protects our schools and churches and families, and rallies Christians to lean more deeply into Him and trust Him.
This isn't unlike the heart of a man named Nehemiah. The Old Testament story resonates strongly right now. Nehemiah was shaken and broken over the crumbled walls surrounding Jerusalem. Israel was exposed and unsettled. No progress was being made to strengthen the city or the people. Unaligned people surrounded them with evil intentions. Nehemiah couldn't stand it any longer.
So he was stirred to action. He risked his career and his life to journey to Jerusalem. You need to read the story. It's incredible. As Nehemiah risked everything, accumulated resources, and rallied his people, God worked powerfully.
In the face of deep opposition, Nehemiah and the Jewish people completed the work of rebuilding the crumbled walls in a miraculous 52 days, 52 days! Only God can do that, and only God is willing to do that through people who are stirred in their hearts to action.
So, what's stirring your heart, lately?
Ponder it. Let it break your heart and may it cause you to act.
You Are Loved!