Pastor Tim Romero

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Nehemiah 2:2-3

Nehemiah 2:2–3 (ESV): "2 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. 3 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?" 

God uses sorrow in our lives to accomplish His purpose. Ecclesiastes 7:3 (ESV): "Sorrow is better than laughter,
for by sadness of face the heart is made glad." It's true. It's because of godly sorrow that we repent (2 Cor 7:10). Don't suppress sorrow for God speaks through it.

When Nehemiah was still in Babylon he asked certain men from Judah regarding the state of Jerusalem. He was told "the remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire." It grieved Nehemiahs heart so greatly to hear this that the next time he was before Artaxerxes he was not his usual self. To be sad before the king in this culture would cost you your life so Nehemiah became afraid when he was asked about it. He told Artaxerxes the state of his country was the source of his sorrow and he allowed Nehemiah to return and rebuild the city. Side note: this was the moment Daniel spoke about in his seventy-week prophecy (Dan 9:24-27). Count down 69 weeks (483 years) from this moment and you have Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey according to Sir Robert Anderson's calculations.

Our countenance can be used by God to communicate to others what is going on in our hearts. It gives God an opportunity to minister to and through us. Don't hide your sorrow. Let God use it to bring hope and healing to your life as well as the lives of those around us. It's possible to be full of joy and still have sorrow. Jesus was a man of joy but also a man of sorrows. He was aquainted with grief. One day God will wipe away every tear and there will be no more the mean time, be transparent Christian. God will use you in ways unimaginable!

Father, we thank You for putting emotions in our hearts and using them to minister to and through us. Let us not suppress or hold back what we are feeling but to surrender those feelings to You alone. We can trust you with our sorrow knowing You will use it in big ways in our lives. We surrender ourselves to You. Have Your way we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
Nehemiah 4:13-14
Ezra 10:1

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