Then I was terrified, but I replied. (Nehemiah 2:2b-3a, NLT)
We learned at the end of the first chapter Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king. It was an important position. He was a public figure and was expected to present himself accordingly. He took his responsibility seriously and consistently presented himself appropriately. Until now.
The burden he carried had become so great that the weight began to show on his countenance. And the king noticed.
Would this be interpreted as insubordination, or dissatisfaction with his job? Neither would be acceptable to the king.
At this point Nehemiah stood at a threshold. His response would leave him comfortable in the lifestyle he was accustomed to or throw him into the unknown as he followed God’s plan.
Nehemiah demonstrates great courage, and teaches us that courage doesn’t mean we won’t fear. We read here that Nehemiah was terrified. But in spite of his fear, his faith in the one who called him was enough to enable him to stand up and proceed across the threshold into the unknown.
Has God called you to step forward in faith? Are you afraid? Find your courage and confidence in the one who calls you.
Claim Paul’s words as you keep to the journey: And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, NLT)