The powerless cried out to Nehemiah, who in turn prayed to God and came up with a solution. He called the leaders to repentance, and by the grace of God they did repent. Nehemiah’s swift response to the problem is a reflection of the character of God, who is jealous for the unity of his people. Furthermore, Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord and he heard me.” Many times in life we, too, will feel overburdened and powerless. We will go through times of injustice and conflict. But God delights in answering the cries of his children!
When you are distraught, it’s ok to cry. But do not let your crying turn into bitterness or complaint. Cry out to God, who takes pleasure in answering his people.