We overly complicate and convolute our destiny. Yet God often gives us snapshots of our destiny—if we simply take notice.
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hakaliah.
In the month Kislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the palace, Hanani, one of my relatives, and some men of Judah arrived. So I asked them concerning the returning Jews who had been in captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
They said to me, "The remnant that returned from captivity is there in the province enduring great affliction and reproach. Also, the wall of Jerusalem remains broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days. Then I fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven (Neh. 1:1-4).
That's Just Not Right
Nehemiah lived and served in a citadel, a safe, luxurious, walled and well-protected palace. When he heard of the desolation and brokenness of his home, he was devastated. Then through his "many days" of prayer and fasting, God gave him His plan —and Nehemiah's destiny—to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
In my words, Nehemiah experienced a "That's just not right" moment.
There are three basic ways to respond to your "That's just not right" moments.
First, it may be something that is impersonal. This is, when you see or learn of something that is just not right, you may say things like, "Somebody needs to do something about this." You see the need, but it is not personal enough for you to get involved. This very likely happens to all of us daily.
A second response is more personal. Often these more personal "that's just not right" moments inspire us to get a little involved, most likely to contribute to the cause. This happens all the time in churches or social programs where we are moved to make a financial contribution. This is good, and we should indeed contribute our treasures to worthy, kingdom-building causes. But there is a higher level of involvement.
The third level response is a Rocky Balboa punch to our gut, a situation that is so powerful and compelling to our soul and spirit that we immediately jump up and say, "That's just now right and I've got to do something about this!"
These gut punch moments require far more than merely writing a check and forgetting about it. There is something so compelling about the situation that you must act—you must get directly involved. In these moments you simply cannot sit on the sidelines. You jump into the game with more than your treasures. You jump in with your time and talents.
Snapshot of Your Destiny
These are the Nehemiah-type moments where God gives you a snapshot of your destiny.
These snapshots are not always the entire picture, but a piece of a bigger destiny puzzle. Sometimes it is simply taking a step into a new place of experience, involvement or even leadership. Sometimes it is a situation that obviously falls within your destiny, a moment or need that is so clearly a part of your destiny DNA you know you must get involved.
If you do not get involved, you know that you will be in disobedience, even sin, to the Lord. ("Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, it is sin" (James 4:17).
My 'That's Just Not Right' Moment
Here is a 30-minute teaching I released at The Kingdom Institute on a recent "that's just not right" moment in my life, and what the Lord instructed me to do about it. I encourage you to take the time to watch this video and to subscribe to our YouTube channel of many other kingdom-focused marketplace teachings.
Please leave your comments below on your "That's Just Not Right" moment and what the Lord instructed you to do about it.
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Dr. Jim Harris is an executive coach, adviser and author of 14 award-winning business books. Download his free "31 Power Prayers to Prosper Your Business." Connect with Dr. Jim on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
This article originally appeared at drjimharris.com.
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