“Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.” Nehemiah 2:7-8
When God has placed big plans on your heart, plans much bigger than you’ll ever be able to afford, who do you ask for help?
First we go to the obvious sources: friends, family, and people whose beliefs and values are similar to our own. We also repeatedly bring the need to God asking him to supply the necessary resources.
The challenge comes when we consider asking people outside the circle of our faith, family and experience. The lesson that comes to us from Nehemiah’s experience, in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, is that we need to not be afraid to follow God’s leading when he opens the door for us to ask people that we might ordinarily pass over as highly improbable. Many times God has already prepared the person to be favorable to his cause; the only thing remaining to close the deal is for one of God’s servants to ask for what is needed.
I remember my father telling me about how his church was looking for property so that they could build a new church and school building. Already God had provided three and a half million dollars for the project so all they needed was land to move forward.
Someone in the church new about a non-christian developer that had some vacant property in a very good location so a couple board members went to him to see if they could arrange to acquire it.
Apparently there wasn’t much time for a long conversation just enough for them to tell him what they wanted and for him to tell them that he could give it to them. And by give, he meant give. There was no charge for the property.
God had in his providence provided for his church through unbelieving people.
In Ecclesiastes 2:26 scripture says, “For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.”
In the coffers of wealthy persons, who may never have a single thought for God, his work, or his people, God has stored away treasure so that he may provide for his work. The question is will God’s work go forward cash poor or will we stop being faithless and ask God’s warehouse keeper for what he’s stored away.