Have you ever played with dominos?
When you finally get them all lined up just right, you wait in anticipation to touch the first one so it falls into the second one, causing a chain reaction. If you have set them up right, they all fall!
Well, we are like dominos too. God sets us up to cause chain reactions and when we are obedient our reactions cause action. It is amazing to watch!
Let me give an example…when Nehemiah found out that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed, he sat down and wept. ( Neh 1:4) Not only did he weep, he went into action. He prayed, first with praise and then with petition. He prayed for the people of Israel, as well as his own sins. He desired success in speaking to King Artaxerxes about going to rebuild the wall. He prayed for it and he got it.
Once there, he surveyed the damage and he formed a plan to rebuild the wall. Praying all the while. He was also sharing news of the gracious hand of God with people as he encouraged them to rebuild the wall. ( Neh 2: 18) He suffered opposition, but he kept moving forward, like a domino. He told his naysayers, ” The God of heaven will give us success!” ( Neh 2: 20… my emphasis added)
Nehemiah’s obedience to God caused a chain reaction in people to help rebuild the wall. It was an amazing feat and was built in 52 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nehemiah was a domino, causing a chain of events to happen to get the wall built. All the gates were rebuilt first, laying beams, putting up doors, adding bolts and bars to hold things together. ( Neh. 3) God used everyone to get this job done. Not just a few, but all types of people with different gifts. Goldsmiths, merchants, perfume-makers, men AND women, rulers, servants, priests, and many others. The people worked with all their hearts. There was great opposition, but Nehemiah was determined and he continued to pray fervently for God to help them. He even asked God to strengthen thier hands. ( Neh 6:8) Have you ever thought to ask God to strengthen your hands to complete His work? Nehemiah was a relentless domino. He put GOD first and foremost and in doing so, the wall was completed. Wow!
I love the faith of Nehemiah. His story gives me much encouragement to be a domino for God. It shows me that by putting GOD FIRST in ALL THINGS, that we truly can DO ANYTHING. We have no idea of the power of God until we ASK.
Will you take time out of your day TODAY to seek GOD first and to ASK Him to strengthen YOUR hands, for whatever your plan may be, whether it is building a wall, getting out of bed, changing a diaper, doing a surgery, appealing a case, mopping floors, preaching a sermon, working with teenagers, feeding the hungry, helping the elderly…the list goes on. Will YOU seek to cause a chain reaction for GOD today?
It is my prayer that ALL who read this will be inspired by GOD to be a domino for HIM in another person’s life today!
May the God of all creation strengthen each reader’s heart, hands, and faith today.
May He pour His blessings of love, strength, goodness and encouragement upon you and your work today.
In His Gracious and never-ending love,