What's Your Why?
Passage: Nehemiah 2:9–2:20
Nehemiah willingly leaves the riches of Babylon to enter into the plight of his fellow Jews. Why? Becuase the glory of God trumped his own personal pursuits. Despite meeting opposition head on, this faithful Jew stands firm and pursues the work God had called him to, never doubting the good hand of God that rested upon him.
Monday: Nehemiah 1 & 2
Tuesday: Nehemiah 3 & 4
Wednesday: Nehemiah 5 & 6
Thursday: Nehemiah 7 & 8
Friday: Nehemiah 9 & 10
Saturday: Nehemiah 11 & 12
Sunday: Nehemiah 13
- ICE BREAKER: What's one thing you've learned through our study of Nehemiah so far?
- What do you think drives the majority of our “whys”: experience, tradition, or logic?
- How does Nehemiah help us understand how God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility relate to one another?
- Why do you think biblical faithfulness often results in opposition?
- What results come when we make our own happiness our "why"?
- How could "adopting God's why" flesh out in your life?
- What happens when we fail to conform our fears to the truth of God's word?
- As our 3 missionary families grow more acclimated with the language, the people around them will better understand why our families are there. This will breed opposition. Take time as a group to pray for them. Ask the Lord to cause them to conform their fears to the truth, as Nehemiah did. (Neh 2:20)